Amazon’s Vernon Sanders has commented on Joseph Mawle’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power exit.
The first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power introduced audiences to an Uruk known as Adar, one of the Elves that were corrupted by Morgoth to become the first members of a new species: the Orcs. Played by Joseph Mawle, Adar quickly become one of the most important characters of the series, but is being recast ahead of its second season.
Sam Hazeldine is replacing Joseph Mawle as Adar for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season two, which is currently in production in the United Kingdom. During an interview with Deadline, Amazon’s head of television Vernon Sanders shared a few words about the recasting and Adar’s The Rings of Power future.
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out,” the Amazon executive told the trade. “With a show that had this many series regulars and this many recurring characters, it unfortunately happened. Joseph was tremendous and gave an incredible performance. We’re also excited about our new actor. The character of Adar in Season 2 has some really exciting dynamic things to play.”
Charlotte Brändström, Sanaa Hamri and Louise Hooper are directing the The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season two episodes. The Amazon series has also added fifteen new actors to its cast, with one of them, Sam Hazeldine, replacing Joseph Mawle as the orc leader Adar.
The future of the Lord of the Rings series
Amazon has big plans for its Lord of the Rings series, having so far spared no expense with its development. The company has committed to a 5-season production plan for The Rings of Power, which is reportedly worth at least $1 billion.
Amazon Studios is producing The Rings of Power in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as showrunners and executive producers on the series.
The ensemble for the series also features Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman.
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