Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Sean Astin recently stood up for the diverse cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power features the most diverse cast for a Middle-earth project to date, which has unfortunately sparked racist and sexist comments from some across the internet. The expensive series for Amazon has received positive reviews from critics, but there are some who don’t think it’s faithful to author J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.
The Hobbits Reunite
Now those who starred in the original Lord of the Rings films from Peter Jackson are speaking out against the hateful comments online. On Twitter, Elijah Wood shared a picture with Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan defending the diverse Rings of Power cast. Sean Astin also chimed in on Twitter to support the cast. You can see both of the posts and purchase merchandise with 50% of all proceeds going to a charity that supports POC.
The Rings of Power cast have also addressed the recent backlash online:
Here is the synopsis for The Rings of Power:
“This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”
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 show consists of 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.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video with new episodes premiering every Friday. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.