Amazon’s Lord of the Rings adds 20 more actors to its cast


Actor and comedian Sir Lenny Henry.  (Imagine there are 19 other people crammed into this picture, please.)

Actor and comedian Sir Lenny Henry. (Imagine there are 19 other people crammed into this picture, please.)
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Middlearth is not bad a little more people today, because Variety reports that Amazon is already ridiculously expensive The Lord of the Rings prequel show has now added 20 more actors to its cast, expanding its ranks with Hobbits or ents or Toms Bombadil or whatever. ends up appearing on camera for this surprisingly resource-intensive TV adaptation. Specifically, the show added (deep breathing) Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait , Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani to his list of people who will spend a lot of time standing very close to or very far from the camera in order to make things look like hobbit holes and shit.

As Variety notes, Blackburn, Chapman, Crum, Cunliffe, Tait, Tarrant and Wadham are all from New Zealand, signing for the national employment program that this particular film franchise has operated in the country over the past two decades. Others, like longtime comedian Lenny Henry, are veteran actors from the US, UK, Sri Lanka or Australia. This fresh actor’s meat score joint a cast that already included (oh my god, here we go again) Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman, and yes, shit , these will be long-term credits, eh? (We don’t know how many artists from both groups will be billed as regulars, but you are probably gonna want the jump button handy anyway.)

The showrunners of the series, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, issued a statement on this strengthening of their a small army presumably with furry feet today, declaring that,

The world that JRR Tolkien has created is epic, diverse, and full of heart. These extraordinarily talented artists, hailing from all over the world, represent the culmination of a years-long search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring this world to life. Amazon’s international cast The Lord of the Rings the series is more than just a whole. It’s a family. We are delighted to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.

And while we would be fascinated to know if Payne and McKay could name each single sister, brother or cousin that they now count as part of their extended “family”, it’s really just a sign of the human power that Amazon is ready to jeter at this show. The series is already anticipated become the most expensive TV series ever made, with a supposed total budget High $ 1 billion in total for the supposed five seasons or so, it is expected to air.

From Amazon The Lord of the Rings is expected to start airing in 2021.

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