Amazon has named its Lord of the Rings TV series villain and it’s Joseph Mawle.
The Game of Thrones actor, Joseph Mawle has joined the cast of this highly anticipated tv series, sources have confirm to The Hollywood Reporter & Deadline.
Everyone is being quiet so far as Amazon has so far not commented and reps for Mawle did not immediately respond for comments either.
Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4) serve as showrunners on the drama that is set in Middle-Earth’s Second Age, before the events of the author’s primary trilogy — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
He joins a cast that also includes Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Australian actress Markella Kavenagh.
No details about the characters are being revealed but it is believed that English actor Mawle will play the series’ lead villain, Oren, opposite Poulter’s young hero Beldor and female lead Tyra (Kavenagh)
J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is set to direct the first two episodes and will executive produce along with his producing partner Belén Atienza. Writers Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things) are also EPs, as are Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly and former Amazon head of genre Sharon Tal Yguado.
It is perceived that once production budgets, casting, writers, producers and visual effects are factored in, the total cost for the LOTR series could reach as high $1 billion.
The Amazon LotR series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which produced the 2000s Peter Jackson trilogy. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland, New Zealand in the coming months.
Mawle is probably best known for his role on Game Of Thrones where he was cast as Benjen Stark, a First Ranger of the Night’s Watch, the youngest brother of Eddard (Ned) Stark, and the uncle of the six Stark children: Robb, Rickon, Bran, Sansa, Arya, and Jon Snow. He represents the latest link between HBO’s fantasy mega hit and LOTR, along with GoT co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who is consulting producer on LOTR, and former HBO EVP Production Bruce Richmond, who worked on GOT and now serves as LOTR executive producer.
Mawle received a BAFTA TV nomination for Birdsong. He recently co-starred in the BBC/Starz limited series MotherFatherSon opposite Richard Gere.
Production is scheduled to begin in 2020.