Will Poulter Joins Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series
Amazon has added a new cast member to their ‘Lord Of The Rings’ series, as it is revealed Will Poulter has joined the drama in a leading role.
At the moment, not much is known about the content of the new series. We know it will be set in Tolkien’s Second Age, and explore an area of Middle-Earth not seen on screen before. We also know that the series is being developed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona has signed on to helm the first two episodes.
You may know Will Poulter from Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’, or from ‘The Maze Runner’ movies where he played Gally. He has also appeared in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Revenant’, and got his start in movies in Garth Jennings’ critically acclaimed ‘Son of Rambow’.
Poulter’s role on the series is being kept under wraps for the moment… Although, if they are trying to cast the tv series based on the movie cast, I would say he is a great fit for a younger Elrond, played by Hugo Weaving in the films.
For those of you that don’t know your Tolkien, the Second Age is way in the past, long before the Third Age, when the Fellowship took a long walk to Mordor, and long before Bilbo met a dragon. The Second Age is in a time when the dwarves are flourishing in Khazad-dûm (later known as Moria) beneath the Misty Mountains, and Elrond (he is very old!) founded Rivendell. It is also during this time that the rings of power are created by the elves and The One Ring is created by Sauron. We do know the series is likely to feature the island of Númenor, which was the kingdom of men. It’s not something you usually find on a Middle-Earth map, due to it being sunk by “The Valar” (basically the Gods of Middle-Earth) after the Númenóreans disobeyed them when the king was corrupted by Sauron.
We have seen a tiny bit of the Second Age on screen already in the opening moments of the film trilogy in the battle scene between the Last Alliance of Elves and Men and Sauron. That led to Sauron’s physical form being defeated and he heading to Mordor to become a fiery eye on a tower. That battle marks the end of The Second Age, but the entire period spans 3441 years, so there is plenty else going on for the series to delve into.
We don’t know exactly when the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ tv series will land on Amazon, but we do know it was picked up with a massive multi-season commitment. The show will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. We’ll bring you more as we get it.
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