Sir Lenny Henry has been confirmed to be joining the cast of Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings TV series.
The actor and comedian was one of 20 names announced by Amazon Studios today, with stars from five different countries joining the mega-budget fantasy series worth $1billion (£741million).
Production is already underway in New Zealand.
It’s not been confirmed who Sir Lenny, who has appeared in dramas including The Long Song and Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, will be playing.
Joining him in the announcement is Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who starred in 50 Cent’s series Power, and Maxim Baldry, who starred as Viktor in Russell T Davies’ Years and Years.
At the announcement, showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said: ‘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.’
The television adaptation will act as a prequel to the events of The Fellowship Of The Ring, which was originally written by JRR Tolkien.
Who is in the Lord Of The Rings TV series cast so far?
The first batch of names for the Fellowship was announced back in January, with Robert Aramayo, who previously starred as young Ned Stark in Game Of Thrones, confirmed as Baldor.
Will Poulter had initially signed up for the role, but ended up pulling out in December due to scheduling conflicts.
The first batch of confirmed names are: 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.
They were joined today by Sir Lenny, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangobani.
When will Lord Of The Rings TV series be released?
A release date for the Lord Of The Rings TV show has not been confirmed.
Production is still ongoing and was temporarily halted due to coronavirus.
Lord Of The Rings: The TV series launch date on Amazon Prime Video has not been confirmed.
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