Middle-earth just keeps getting bigger and bigger! According to Deadline, 20 new cast members have been added to The Lord of the Rings TV series for Amazon Prime. The sprawling show based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s intricate fantasy novels has resumed production in New Zealand after previous setbacks courtesy of the Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, The Lord of the Rings series was granted a Season Two renewal last year ahead of its Season One debut. 

Now, some of the additions include Peter MullanLenny HenryLloyd OwenAugustus PrewPeter TaitBenjamin WalkerCynthia Addai-Robinson and Simon Merrells. But that’s not all! Maxim Baldry (who was announced earlier this year), Ian BlackburnKip ChapmanAnthony CrumMaxine CunliffeTrystan GravelleThusitha JayasunderaFabian McCallumGeoff MorrellAlex TarrantLeon Wadham and Sara Zwangobani round out the newcomers. 

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Deadline also revealed that no information regarding characters has been disclosed. However, Lloyd Owen is purported to be playing the character of Loda. 

Showrunners/executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay had this to say about the new additions to The Lord of the Rings cast:

The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is epic, diverse, and filled with heart. These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multi-year search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew. The international cast of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are thrilled to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.

Initially, 15 cast members were announced in January. The original recruits are as follows: 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.

The Lord of the Rings TV show will delve into storylines that precede the events of Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Amazon is remaining tight-lipped as far as details are concerned. 

Holy Moses, what a cast! This massive crew of performers may surpass Game of Thrones for the largest TV show cast. I’m an avid fan of Tolkien’s literary works and Peter Jackson‘s exquisite films. This series is dedicated to expanding the Middle-earth mythos, and for that, I’m entirely on board. 

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