The fellowship has gathered. Amazon has announced the cast for its Lord of the Rings TV series. “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,” said showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick Mckay in a statement. The show will be set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, which is long after the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book trilogy and the adventures of Aragorn, Gandalf, and Frodo. Amazon released a map of Middle-earth in March that showed the lost island of Numenor, which seems to suggest that that island may well serve a role in the show.
The cast announcement included confirmation of the rumor that Robert Aramayo would be taking on the leading role as Beldor. Shared at the Television Critics Association presentation, the announcement included 14 other actors: Owain Arthur (A Confession), Nazanin Boniadi (Hotel Mumbai), Tom Budge (The Proposition), Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials), Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Undoing), Markella Kavenagh (The Cry), Joseph Mawle (Birdsong), Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II), Tyroe Muhafidin (Caravan), Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (I Am Night), Charlie Vickers (Medici: Masters of Florence), and Daniel Weyman (A Very English Scandal).
The series has already been given a season 2 renewal, with production of season 1 starting in February. The first two episodes will be directed by J.A. Bayona, from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison, Jason Cahill, and Justin Doble are joining Payne, McKay, and Bayona as executive producers.