Will Poulter to star in Amazon's Lord of the Rings series

The series will likely hit the streaming service in 2021.

English actor Will Poulter has landed one of the lead roles in Amazon’s highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings TV series. 

Details about the upcoming project are being kept tightly under wraps so it’s not yet clear who the Bandersnatch star will be playing.

He joins Australian actress Markella Kavenagh who became the first to officially sign on back in July. She’ll play a new character named Tyra who’s separate from J.R.R Tolkein’s beloved fantasy series. 

The show’s official Twitter account confirmed that the still-unnamed series will be set in a period known as The Second Age which occurred thousands of years before the events of the first book The Fellowship of the Ring

Nothing’s been confirmed, but there’s plenty of interesting plots to choose from in that time frame including the rise and subsequent defeat of the Dark Lord Sauron.

Orlando Bloom, who starred as elf Legolas in Peter Jackson's Academy-Award winning film adaptations, recently said it's unlikely he'll make an appearance.

Ian McKellen has reportedly expressed interest in returning as wizard Gandalf however.

Behind the scenes, J.D Payne and Patrick McKay will serve as joint showrunners while Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona will direct the first two episodes. 

Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said the company is aiming for a release date of 2021.

Source: Variety

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