Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series has added Maxim Baldry to the cast in a “significant role.” Further details were not revealed. It is known that Will Poulter is playing a lead character. Australian actor Markella Kavenagh has also been cast, but details about her role are also unknown.
It is known that the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series will be set during the Second Age, prior to the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ books, and the subsequent film adaptations. This was the period of time when the Rings of Power came into existence. Like the movies beforehand, the new show will film in New Zealand. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay act as producers and showrunners. ‘The Lost World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona will direct the first two episodes. As part of the agreement to get the rights to the show, Amazon had to commit to five seasons. The streaming service is also prepared to craft spin-offs should the primary series prove popular enough.
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In July, it was also announced that the following were part of the creative staff:
- Lindsey Weber – Executive Producer
- Bruce Richmond – Executive Producer
- Gene Kelly – Executive Producer
- Sharon Tal Yguado – Executive Producer
- Gennifer Hutchison – Writer and Executive Producer
- Jason Cahill – Writer and Executive Producer
- Justin Doble – Writer and Executive Producer
- Bryan Cogman – Consulting Producer
- Stephany Folsom – Consulting Producer
- Ron Ames – Producer
- Helen Shang – Writer and Co-Producer
- Glenise Mullins – Writing Consultant
- Kate Hawley – Costume Designer
- Rick Heinrichs – Production Designer
- Jason Smith – Visual Effects Supervisor
- Tom Shippe – Tolkien Scholar
- John Howe – Concept Artist
Baldry recently co-starred on HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ from Russell T. Davies. He has also filmed a part for Cinemax’s hit series ‘Strike Back’. He previously appeared in the Syfy movie ‘Lake Placid: Legacy’, the British soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’, HBO’s ‘Rome’, and the movie ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’.
‘Lord of the Rings’ doesn’t have a start-of-production date locked in, but it is hoped that it will arrive in 2021. Keep checking back for updates as they arrive.