Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world have been waiting for months for an official announcement from Amazon Studios about its The Lord of the Rings cast members for the upcoming streaming series. Today, that wait came to an end. Amazon took to social media to reveal fifteen cast members for the show, and you can get a breakdown of each of them below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Just a few days after losing actor Will Poulter to scheduling conflicts, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings show has added another member to its cast. Morfydd Clark – who can currently be seen in a supporting role in another fantasy project, HBO’s His Dark Materials – is reportedly playing a younger version of Galadriel, the character inhabited by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Read More »
The Lord of the Rings giveth, The Lord of the Rings taketh away. Will Poulter, seen recently stealing the show in Midsommar, was named as a star of the upcoming Lord of the Ring TV series – but that’s no longer happening. To be fair, Amazon never confirmed Poulter’s casting. But according to reports, Poulter really was in talks to join the Lord of the Rings TV series cast but has since dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as a professional bow hunter reviews the accuracy of archer scenes in movies and TV shows like Lord of the Rings, The Walking Dead, The Avengers, and more. Plus, watch a trailer for The Mandalorian cut in the style of the 1980s sitcom My Two Dads, and see what happens when Sesame Street star Big Bird takes a lie detector test. Read More »
Talk show host Stephen Colbert is well-established as one of the world’s preeminent scholars of the works of author J.R.R. Tolkien (well, at least in the pop culture realm). He reads Tolkien’s Elvish language, has interviewed Smaug, and is such a big fan that he even scored an extremely brief role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as “Laketown spy.” Colbert recently took his show to New Zealand, where he met back up with director Peter Jackson and pitched him a whole new Lord of the Rings spin-off trilogy about his character, who Colbert imagines is revealed to be Aragorn’s hotter twin brother. Read More »
Amazon Prime Video’s uber-expensive and highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings show has found another cast member.
English actor Maxim Baldry, best known for his role on the HBO series Years and Years, is the latest to board the series, and he’ll be joining Will Poulter (Midsommar, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Australian actress Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock). Read more about the new show below.
Read More »
The country of New Zealand has become synonymous with The Lord of the Rings, thanks to its vast array of varied landscapes and evocative environments used in Peter Jackson’s two J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogies over the past twenty years. Amazon has been cagey about where it would set up camp for its upcoming The Lord of the Rings prequel TV series, but this afternoon, the company has revealed that showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have chosen to also use New Zealand as a stand-in for the fictional land of Middle-earth. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
Will Poulter, the 26-year-old English actor who appeared earlier this year in Midsommar and last year’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, is heading to Middle-earth. Poulter has snagged one of the lead roles in Amazon’s ambitious (and ultra-expensive) The Lord of the Rings television series, joining Australian actress Markella Kavenagh. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Major primetime television shows used to feature 22-24 episodes in a season, but in the era of Peak TV, smaller episode counts have become the new normal for prestige shows. But Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series may be looking to change that. According to Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who’s on the payroll for the new series, The Lord of the Rings season 1 will be comprised of 20 episodes.
Read his comments below, including a fascinating breakdown of which parts of Tolkien’s stories are “off limits” in the series. Read More »
Last summer, Amazon was able to announce the showrunners for their The Lord of the Rings series, Patrick McKay and JD Payne. But since then, news on Lord of the Rings has been largely kept in shadow, with a few images of maps and the announcement of one potential cast member in Markella Kavenagh.
Today’s Amazon executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour was another opportunity for a few more incremental updates. Find out more about their planned location, scripting, and casting below, and learn what Amazon executives said about another season of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Read More »