The official full cast for The Lord Of The Rings TV series has been revealed
It is reportedly set to be the most expensive TV show ever made.
After weeks of teases and leaks and rumours, Amazon's upcoming series The Lord Of The Rings has announced its main cast.
Not too much is actually known about the plot of the show, which is set to begin production this February in New Zealand, except that it will be set a very long time before The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings movies.
The regulars will include Robert Aramayo (Game Of Thrones), Owain Arthur (Babylon), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Tom Budge (The Pacific), Morfydd Clark (Crawl), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Mary Queen Of Scots), Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II), Markella Kavenagh (True History of the Kelly Gang), Joseph Mawle (Game Of Thrones), Dylan Smith (One Hour Photo), Charlie Vickers (Medici), Daniel Weyman (A Very English Scandal), as well as newcomers Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, and Megan Richards.
Series showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay made the following statement about the casting announcement:
"After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series. These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide."
Payne and McKay are writing the episodes for the series (they've both previously worked on Star Trek Beyond and the upcoming Flash movie), and they'll be joined by Bryan Cogman, writer of some of the best episodes of Game Of Thrones, who is a consulting producer on this project.
Also behind the scenes, J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) has signed on to direct several episodes.
Considering the fact that Amazon reportedly dropped $250 million just on purchasing the rights to the books, and a report in The Guardian have production costs for the show at a staggering NZ$1.3 billion (around €775 million), it should as a surprise to no-one that the second season has already been ordered before a single scene of the first episode has even been filmed.
The show is expected to arrive on Amazon in 2021.