Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’: Will Poulter Exits Series Due to Scheduling Conflicts
Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ television series will no longer include ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ and ‘Midsommar’ actor Will Poulter. He had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The role of Beldor will now need to be filled once again. The character is an optimistic, intelligent and political savvy protagonist who is nonetheless more reserved than his on-screen counterparts.
The rest of the cast, and their roles, are below:
- Maxim Baldry (‘Rome,’ ‘Years and Years’)
- An undisclosed “significant” role.
- Ema Horvath (‘Like.Share.Follow.,’ ‘The Gallows Act II’)
- Unknown. Possibly Eldien, a complex, unique and formidable young woman in her mid-20s who possesses an eternal quality and a strong physical component, and the true main character of the series.
- Markella Kavenagh (‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’)
- Tyra, a wide-eye characterful young teenage woman with a strength and maturity beyond her years.
- Joseph Mawle (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Ripper Street’)
- Oren, a villain who can also evoke a deep sense of pathos built around a wounded and fallen nobility.
Other series regular roles, that have yet to be cast, include:
- Neldor, a similar archetype as Beldor.
- Brac, the irascible and cantankerous half of a dramatic duo.
- Eira, a warm and maternal woman.
- Aric, a charismatic character with a strong physical role.
- Calenon, a ruggedly-handsome and brooding soldier hero.
- Loda, an earthy man who does not give his feelings away easily.
- Kari, a self-sufficient single mother and village healer with a secret.
- Hamson, a kind and loving family man with health issues.
- Cole, a charismatic but mercurial young man who has the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Back in March, the Twitter account for the series gave this post as a clue for what the show will entail:
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
Another tweet linked the map with the caption “Welcome to the Second Age.” In the Tolkien mythology, the Second Age was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, came into existence.
Moreover, JD Payne and Patrick McKay (‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Jungle Cruise’) serve as co-showrunners, and lead the writers room. Jason Cahill (‘Fringe,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’), Bryan Cogman (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Sword in the Stone’), Justin Doble (‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Path’), Stephany Folsom (‘Star Wars Resistance,’ ‘Toy Story 4’), Gennifer Hutchison (‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Better Call Saul’), and Helen Shang (‘Hawaii Five-0,’ ’13 Reasons Why’) are all part of the room.
Additionally, J.A. Bayona (‘A Monster Calls,’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’) is onboard to direct the first two episodes of the series.
The crew, thus far, comprises of:
- Costume designer Kate Hawley (‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Suicide Squad’)
- Production designer Rick Heinrichs (‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Dumbo’)
- Supervising art director John Dexter (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,’ ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’)
- Visual effects supervisor Jason Smith (‘The Revenant,’ ‘Bumblebee’)
Further, the series will soon begin filming in New Zealand, the same location of the original ‘Rings’ films and the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy. The series will go on a 4-5-month hiatus after filming the first two episodes from Season 1. The writing team will then use the hiatus time to map out and write the bulk of Season 2 scripts.
The budget for the entire series, which is aiming to run for five seasons, may also total a whopping $1 billion.
However, there is currently no premiere date for the currently untitled series.