The series The Lord of the Rings, currently in production in New Zealand, is expanding its cast with twenty new actors and actresses. Additions to the cast include Lenny Henry (Broadchurch), Peter Mullan (Ozark), Augustus Prew (The Morning Show), Lloyd Owen (You, Me and the Apocalypse), Simon Merrells (Knightfall), Benjamin Walker (Jessica Jones), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Power) and Peter Tait, who played Shagrat in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Are also announced in the series The Lord of the Rings: Maxim Baldry (Hollyoaks), Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman (Top of the Lake), Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle (Mr Selfridge), Thusitha Jayasundera (Humans), Fabian McCallum (You, Me and the Apocalypse), Geoff Morrell (The Code), Alex Tarrant (Shortland Street), Leon Wadham (Go Girls) and Sara Zwangobani (Summer Bay).
In a statement, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, Executive Producers said: “The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is epic, diverse, and filled with heart. These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multi-year search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew. The international cast of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are thrilled to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.”
The Lord of the Rings series is expected on Amazon Prime Video and guaranteed to have at least two seasons. It will take place before the events of the Peter Jackson trilogy.