Joseph Mawle
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Joseph Mawle has landed a lead role on Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.  It is believed he will play the show’s main villain, named Oren.  In addition, it seems that the names for other characters have been revealed.  Will Poulter‘s lead hero will be named Beldor, while Markella Kavenagh‘s character will be named Tyra.  It has also been revealed that Kavenaugh is the show’s female lead.  Maxim Baldry was announced as having been cast last week, but his role is still unknown.

Mawle should fit right in Middle Earth.  He popped up as Benjen Stark, the youngest brother of Ned, on ‘Game of Thrones’, before starring as Odysseus on BBC One and Netflix’s ‘Troy: Fall of a City’.  Earlier this year, he co-starred on BBC Two’s ‘MotherFatherSon’.

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Mawles will join Bryan Cogman, who served as co-executive producer on ‘Game of Thrones’ and now serves as a consulting producer on LOTR, and Bruce Richmond, former executive vice president at HBO, the network that delivered ‘GoT’, and now serves as an executive producer on LOTR.

This big-budget, high-profile series hails from writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay and director Juan Antonio Bayona (‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’).  Amazon had to order five seasons right off the bat in order to get the rights to make the show from the J.R.R. Tolkien Estate.  The streaming service is also open to additional spin-offs if this flagship series proves successful.  This series is set during the Second Age, before the Tolkien books and the movies.  The show, like the Peter Jackson films, will film in New Zealand.

There is no time frame for this ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, but it is hoped that it will be ready to release in 2021.  With all of these new castings, and a little bit of info (the character’s names) coming to light, it sounds as though production could begin soon.

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Source: Deadline