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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Casts Will Poulter in Leading Role

Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series has found another lead actor.

Variety reports that The Revanant and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch actor Will Poulter has joined the cast for the expansive Amazon series. The exact nature of Poulter’s character is being kept a secret. Australian actress Markella Kavenagh was previously reported to also be in talks for a lead role.

The series has been confirmed to be a prequel to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, taking place thousands of years before the events of Frodo and the rest of the fellowship. The series will draw on “the second age,” a time which saw the creation of the twelve rings of power and the “one ring,” and the rise of Sauron.

The show’s official Twitter account posted an image of a map along with the two messages: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,” as well as “Welcome to the Second Age.” 

The billion dollar series is being developed by the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay. In addition, J.A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes, including the series premiere, and Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consulting producer on the project.

The studio also unveiled the creative team behind The Lord of the Rings: executive producers Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, and Amazon’s former head of genre programming Sharon Tal Yguado; writer and executive producer Gennifer Hutchison; writer and executive producer Jason Cahill; writer and executive producer Justin Doble; consulting producer Stephany Folsom; producer Ron Ames; writer and co-producer Helen Shang; and writing consultant Glenise Mullins. Bayona will also executive produce along with his partner Belén Atienza.

Poulter has acted in several high-budget and highly acclaimed features, including Midsommar, The Maze Runner series, and Detroit.

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