Game of Thrones might have finished, but epic fantasy TV is going nowhere. Netflix released The Witcher last month, and HBO has the Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon on the way. But for many fans, the most exciting upcoming fantasy show is Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. Although it’s yet to start production and no release date has been announced, Season 2 has already been greenlit, and now the series has found a new lead actor.
As reported by Deadline, Robert Aramayo will take on the main role in the show. While details about Aramayo’s character are currently unknown, the site states that he is a young hero named Beldor. Midsommar star Will Poulter was originally cast in the role, but he dropped out last month due to scheduling conflicts. Aramayo is best known for playing young Ned Stark in Seasons 6 and 7 of Game of Thrones and will also appear in the upcoming action prequel The King’s Man.
The new Lord of the Rings show is being written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, with former Game of Thrones series producer Bryan Cogman joining the team in September. Jurassic World: Forbidden Kingdom director JA Bayona is set to direct the first two episodes of Season 1. The show will go on a 4-5 month hiatus after the first two episodes have been shot, to allow producers to evaluate the footage so far and work on scripts for Season 2.
Lord of the Rings will be set in the Second Age, which is a 3,441-year period that covered major events like the forging of the Rings of Power, including the One Ring; the War of Sauron; the beginning of the Ringwraiths; and when Numenor the island sank into the ocean. Also, it was during the Second Age that the Elven city of Rivendell was developed and the great battle where men, elves, and dwarves fought together for the first time against Sauron.
In other news, a new Lord of the Rings video game focused on Gollum is in development at Daedalic Entertainment, while a AAA online Lord of the Rings game is also on the way.