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cats16
Valinor


Jan 14, 8:54pm

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Amazon Studios at TCA today announced the first group of regulars set to star in their adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. The cast officially includes 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. Cameras roll next month. Table reads in New Zealand are already underway.

More to come!

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Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Jan 14, 9:20pm

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Would really be nice [In reply to] Can't Post

if we knew who was playing what (exception we know Ms. Clark is playing Galadriel). But still, I'll take the news! Smile

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Akhnaten
The Shire

Jan 14, 9:43pm

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Social [In reply to] Can't Post

It’s all up on the official social accounts

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7UJ9WqjvEm/?igshid=dmr3frggs1fu


jlj93byu
Rivendell

Jan 14, 9:43pm

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Seems pretty youth heavy [In reply to] Can't Post

The cast seems overwhelmingly youthful and young. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Middle age actors may be able to provide more gravitas to their performances, especially when playing very old characters, or characters that are supposed to posses great maturity, such as kings and elves. Maybe it's just the pictures they used, but I felt like I was looking at a high school yearbook with a few teachers thrown in.

Reminding myself, Cate Blanchett was 31 when she portrayed Galadriel, Liv Tyler was about 23/24. Viggo was early 40s. Hugo Weaving was also early 40s. That seems to be a good age to portray the depth one would want in such a long-lived, wise, and mature character.


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Jan 14, 10:04pm

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My thought exactly [In reply to] Can't Post

The names of the actors are largely meaningless to me. It would be nice to know whether the names of the characters that they are playing are also meaningless to me, or if they are characters that I actually know of.

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MoreMorgoth
Rivendell

Jan 14, 11:57pm

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Joseph Mawle [In reply to] Can't Post

Joseph Mawle previously played Inspector Jedidiah Shine on RIPPER STREET which was on for four years on the BBC. He was excellent and makes a wonderful villain.

If they need someone for Sauron - he would be an excellent selection.


Althoun
Lorien

Jan 15, 12:34am

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Interesting [In reply to] Can't Post

Still no character names to put to the faces, though.

I do wonder why there aren't any prominent actors in the mix, as in Rosamund Pike for WoT and Henry Cavil in The Witcher.

Would have expected most to be less well known and a number of fresh faces, but I might also have expected maybe one or two notables? (i.e. like Sean Bean in the original GoT).


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balbo biggins
Rohan


Jan 15, 12:40am

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Utter apprehension [In reply to] Can't Post

All the outlets are Calling this j r r tolkiens lord Of the rings series, it just seems kind of odd that we havnt got a name for this TV show yet, lord of the rings on prime? That doesn't even make sense. will they treat it as a sort of pre prequel to the Lord of the rings films ? Or even as part of the same story?

It all just seems wrong to me. I can't believe the estate has let this all happen yet hold onto the silmarillion ( a collection of story's that tolkien actually wrote!)

Every name every subplot every piece of dialogue is going to be so far removed from the original works I just don't know if I can even class it as part of the same thing, even the name boldor annoys me already.

How can they be using timeliness from the appendix and not touch on the silmarillion, it seems all So wrong.

Think how far the hobbit went off track and times that by a hundred!

So that's where I'm at right now, expecting the worse bit hoping for the better. the actors are all fine I'm sure, but the lack of character info is frustrating.


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jan 15, 12:56am

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Exciting news! [In reply to] Can't Post

I won't have much to say about this, though, until tomorrow. TORn Tuesday starts in a few minutes and I also have to work tonight.

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Solicitr
Rohan


Jan 15, 1:58am

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All except one very young [In reply to] Can't Post

but generally not Ralph Lauren-ad pretty so as to send off my warning alarms. One might hope chosen for acting ability and/or part suitability rather than looks.

But still, it all comes down to the writing. It ALWAYS comes down to the writing. Write a bad script, not Barrymore, Olivier, Richardson, Redgrave and Gielgud together could save it.


Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Jan 15, 4:24am

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What are we considering "very young"? [In reply to] Can't Post

Owain Arthur - 35 years old
Nazanin Boniadi - 39 years old
Tom Budge - 37 years old
Joseph Mawle - 45 years old
Daniel Weyman - 43 years old

And I can't find Dylan Smith's age, but he looks to be in late 40s-50s.

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Archestratie
Rivendell


Jan 15, 1:00pm

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I'm not too familiar with these actors, but I can't wait to see them on screen! I'm pleased to hear some are involved with BBC productions. That's wonder training ground for performers IMHO.

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fantasywind
Bree

Jan 15, 3:07pm

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exactly my fears [In reply to] Can't Post

you pretty much summarized what I've been thinking about. We'l see but I'm trying to get my hope up, it's more than likely those hopes would lead to disappointment :).


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The names of the actors are largely meaningless to me. It would be nice to know whether the names of the characters that they are playing are also meaningless to me, or if they are characters that I actually know of.


I can say so as well, I haven't seen any of those actors before and this news is once again unhelpful in not releasing a substantial confirmed characters that will appear in this show.


Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 15, 4:34pm

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Ismael Cruz Cordova - Annatar??? [In reply to] Can't Post

 


jlj93byu
Rivendell

Jan 15, 4:35pm

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Those were the "teachers!" [In reply to] Can't Post

Not all looked pretty young, but I thought about half did. Those you listed were the ones I figured looked like the older teachers in my yearbook analogy.

The only one on that list that is older than I thought is Nazanin Boniadi at 39 years old. Granted, I thought she looked like older 20s anyway which is older than Liv Tyler when portraying Arwen.

Of the 15 photos, when I looked through them I thought about half looked like early 20s or younger.


Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 15, 4:35pm

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Tyroe Muhafidin - he has "elfin" ears [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Althoun
Lorien

Jan 15, 4:58pm

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A number of people on social media have been speculating.... [In reply to] Can't Post

That Ismael has the right "look" for Annatar (if they're going for the Lord of Gifts, pretty and alluring enough to seduce the Noldor of Eregion, type of thing).

Mawle's role ("Oren" in audition scripts) was described by a few reports as "a villain" in the series. That could be Sauron but it might also be a conniving Numenorean nobleman/royal, perhaps even the guy who becomes the Witch-king of Angmar. We have no idea where they're going with the plot or of the initial villain will remain thee ultimate villain himself.

I'm personally hoping that Sauron isn't going to be portrayed as villainous off-the-bat or indeed immediately as Sauron.

If his beguiling illusion was convincing to the High Elves, it should be equally so for the audience early on IMHO.


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Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 15, 5:32pm

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Any guesses who Sophia Nomvete could portray? [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Eruonen
Valinor


Jan 15, 5:38pm

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I see similar casting choices with Amazon's other franchise Wheel of Time. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Ataahua
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Jan 15, 7:31pm

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TORN's Facebook page is positing Joseph Mawle as Sauron. [In reply to] Can't Post

https://www.facebook.com/.../?type=3&theater

I post this with the proviso that TORN's FB crew has been ... less the accurate with LOTR news in the past.

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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jan 15, 7:43pm

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To be fair... [In reply to] Can't Post

...the posting does not state that Mawle is definitely playing Sauron (unless it did say that and was revised). It only states that he might, potentially be Sauron.

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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jan 15, 7:49pm

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The names of the actors are largely meaningless to me. It would be nice to know whether the names of the characters that they are playing are also meaningless to me, or if they are characters that I actually know of.


I can say so as well, I haven't seen any of those actors before and this news is once again unhelpful in not releasing a substantial confirmed characters that will appear in this show.

We are reasonably certain that Morfydd Clark is playing Galadriel. You can see her recent work as Mina in BBC's new adaptation of Dracula (currently available on Netflix).

#FidelityToTolkien


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jan 15, 7:55pm

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Ismael Cruz Cordova - Annatar???


Córdova could be Annatar. He might instead be playing one of the Men who receive the Nine Rings from Sauron.

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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jan 15, 8:01pm

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Any guesses who Sophia Nomvete could portray?


Might the People of Haleth have been different enough from the other Edain so that Ms. Nomvete might be of that folk? Otherwise, she might be cast as a Southron woman.

From Tolkien's essay "The Drúedain":

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The Folk of Haleth were strangers to the other Atani, speaking an alien language; and though united with them in alliance with the Eldar, they remained a people apart.


The Haladin were also notable for many of the warriors being women.

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Althoun
Lorien

Jan 15, 8:09pm

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Operative wording "will potentially play SAURON"... [In reply to] Can't Post


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https://www.facebook.com/.../?type=3&theater

I post this with the proviso that TORN's FB crew has been ... less the accurate with LOTR news in the past.


Even they are hedging their bets now, which I think is wise after the, ah, recent history as you say.

If the TORN Twitter/FB account had been an ancient Roman sibyl, I daresay the Empire would have collapsed from war or famine centuries earlier than it did, if anyone took faith in its prophecies! Wink

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