I love The Lord of the Rings. Both the books, and the movies. The books were tremendously important to me when I was younger, and the movies are even more so now that I’m in my—I guess—‘proper adult’ years. I was a teenager when I saw them first, all in the cinema as they came out, each time waiting the year’s pause out with a white hot eagerness that could’ve melted through that treacherous c**t Saruman’s snows on Caradras. I bought all the extended, six-disc DVDs, with the hours upon hours of behind-the-scenes footage that in the end I probably watched even more than the actual movies themselves (and trust me, that’s saying a lot). The references and quotes from those films became as much of a shared additional language between me and my friends as classic Simpsons lines. That’s partly because of their undeniable—and with each passing year increasingly striking—quality, but also because we saw them during one of the last pit stops before beginning the transition to adulthood. So for me and a lot of my generation, they’re not just great movies, they’re one of those emotional life rafts, loaded with fond memories associated with a simpler, easier time, that you carry through with you into the choppy waters of adulthood, grabbing a hold whenever you need reassurance, or momentary (three-hour) escape.
All that is to say I am interested in Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. I am. I just can’t help it. That billionaire bellend dropped a quarter of a billion dollars to secure the rights to the property for his stupid network, and that annoys me. Like, why him? Sure they’re all roughly as bad as each other. But man, still, why him?
Anyway, Amazon Prime have now announced their main cast for the show.
A grand journey is defined by its travelers. Meet the first members of our fellowship. #LOTRonPrime. A THREAD.— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) January 14, 2020
And they announced with an annoying-as-f**k thread that doesn’t show the actor’s faces until you click through on every single link. So I’ve collected all of them here, because who has the time to do that? Here, then, is the (mostly relatively unknown, for now) cast of Middle Earth heroes and—shock horror!—it turns out that that fantastical realm of balrogs and magic actually has some (some, not too many, let’s not go nuts now eh?) people of color living in it. Who knew?
Nazanin Boniadi (Previously appeared in: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Hotel Mumbai, Bombshell, Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, The Next Three Days, Iron Man)
Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones)
Owain Arthur (Doctors)
OWAIN ARTHUR— jay ryan love bot (@bnvrly) January 14, 2020
- no very popular/known items. He did play a part in Doctors (2007), which seems to be something he has in common with quite some others who have been cast for this series. pic.twitter.com/t1eVQDAqhO
Tom Budge (The Proposition)
Morfydd Clark (Dracula, His Dark Materials, The City and the City, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Ismael Cruz Córdova (Miss Bala, In the Blood, The Mandalorian—‘Qin’)
Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II, The Mortuary Collection)
Another cast member announced for the lord of the rings series from Amazon, Ema Horvath! Noted for her darker rolls we can expect to see a deeper story unfold in part because of her#AmazonPrime #LordOfTheRings #EmaHorvath pic.twitter.com/sgeypTQiBR— Nerd Shanty (@NerdShanty) December 11, 2019
Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper, Picnic at Hanging Rock)
Jopseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Sense8)
Tyroe Muhafidin (nothing, this is his debut role; he’s the kid on the right in the picture below)
#TVNews #TheLordOfTheRings: #OwainArthur, #NazaninBoniadi, #TomBudge, #IsmaelCruzCórdova, #TyroeMuhafidin, #SophiaNomvete, #MeganRichards, #DylanSmith, #CharlieVickers And #DanielWeyman Join Cast For Amazon Series https://t.co/bR74kcKv72 via @eamonnrafferty#LordOfTheRings— Irish Cinephile (@irishcinephile1) January 14, 2020
Sophia Nomvete (nothing, debut role)
Megan Richards (Wanderlust, Doctors, she’s the one in the bottom, centre-left)
Parte do Elenco da série do senhor dos anéis da Amazon é conformado. #SenhorDosAneis #TheLordOfTheRing #Amazon #LOTRonPrime #Serie #AmazonPrime #JosephMawle #Tyrpemuh #SophiaNomvete #MeganRichards #DylanSmith #CharlieWvickers #DanielWeyman pic.twitter.com/DQUiXYWeH6— JosueGabriel22 (@Gabriel22Josue) January 14, 2020
Dylan Smith (I Am The Night, Into The Badlands, Maze Runner: The Death Cure)
EP323 is now up with my guest from such projects as “I Am The Night and Maze Runner: The Death Cure” actor Dylan Smith! (@Dylaniscurly @IAmTheNightTNT #Podgenie #podernfamily #Podmosphere #UnderDogPods #Podcast) https://t.co/pJ2Zh93aME pic.twitter.com/wKWPOKMzYz— CFTpod Chris (@Castingfortwo) May 29, 2019
Charlie Vickers (Medici)
CHARLIE VICKERS— jay ryan love bot (@bnvrly) January 14, 2020
- Medici (2018) pic.twitter.com/AoS24oq3n0
Daniel Weyman (Silent Witness, Poirot, Foyles War)
This is how me and #DanielWeyman aka Clarissa & Max from #Silentwitness celebrate the news that last night 5.5m watched the show which means a bloomin fantastic 26.1% share of the audience! Thank you to all #SilentWitnessFans for being fantastic and loyal as ever! #BourbonPorn pic.twitter.com/eNvXiHPcOq— Liz Carr (@thelizcarr) January 17, 2018
And here, briefly a reminder of the context of this show, which takes place a whole Age before the book and movies:
Production on 'Lord of the Rings' begins February 2020 👀— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 14, 2020
Amazon's series takes place in the Second Age, which saw the first rise and fall of Sauron pic.twitter.com/hVjVUmhrjG
Header Image Source: HBO