Robert Aramayo who played young Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones has been cast in a lead role for Amazon’s The Lord of The Rings.
The plot has not been revealed yet, but the story will take place way before The Fellowship of the Ring. Amazon has already announced a season 2. Meanwhile, the first season is currently in pre-production in New Zealand, where Peter Jackson filmed his original trilogy twenty years ago.
The production will reportedly take a break of four to five months after shooting the first two episodes, to prepare for season 2. Writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay (who recently worked on Star Trek 4) will be in charge of telling the tales of the Middle Earth.
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom’s director J.A Bayona to direct the first episodes. Peter Jackson will not be involved in this project, but he’s ready to step up if needed as he declared “I wish them all the best and if we can help them, we certainly will try. It’s a big task.”
The Hollywood Reporter announced that this new Amazon original should cost at least $1 billion, making it the most expensive series in history.
In terms of casting, a few names have recently been announced and confirmed by Variety: Morfydd Clark has been cast as a younger version of Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett in both trilogies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Robert Aramayo won’t be the only Game of Thrones alumni, since Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark in the successful fantasy show, has been cast as Oren, the new villain of the Middle Earth.
While nothing has been mentioned nor confirmed when speaking to Graham Norton in 2017, Ian McKellen who portrayed Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series stated:
I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked, but are you suggesting someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too oldIan McKellen
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