Will Poulter joins Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series
Variety is reporting that Will Poulter (The Maze Runner franchise, Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) has been cast as one of the leads in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series.
Poulter, whose recent credits include Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, The Little Stranger, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Detroit, and The Revenant, will join Markella Kavenagh who was recently in talks to join the series.
Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Orphanage, The Impossible) will direct the first two episodes of Amazon Studios’ The Lord of the Rings TV series and also executive produce alongside his producing partner Belén Atienza. JD Payne and Patrick McKay are writing the series, with Emmy-winner Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) on board as a consultant and Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad) making up a part of the writers’ room as well.
The highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings series will be set in the Second Age, Amazon recently confirmed. That places approximately 3,000 years of history between the series and the beginning of The Lord of the Rings. Casual fans may not realize it, but Jackson’s Fellowship of the Rings actually depicted the end of the Second Age, when the last alliance of elves and men confronted Sauron’s forces. The Second Age covered nearly 3,441 years, and it began after the banishment of Morgoth, the dark lord before Sauron. There’s a lot of story potential in that time, including the rise of Sauron, the creation of the One Ring, and the emergence of the Ringwraiths.
The Lord of the Rings series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema.
Production is set to begin in 2020 for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series and is expected to premiere in 2021.
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