Many people have compared Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power to Game of Thrones due to the cost and scale of the two productions. A recent casting has further tangled the two franchises as a former resident of Westeros makes their way to Middle-Earth.
A new report by The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Ciarán Hinds, best known for his roles as Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones and Steppenwolf in Justice League, has joined the cast of The Rings of Power. Hinds will be joined by two other actors in Rory Kinnear, best known for his role as Bill Tanner in Daniel Craig’s James Bond films, and Tanya Moodie, who starred in the series Motherland. No descriptions were released for their characters, though all three are said to have recurring roles in the Lord of the Rings series.
Casting news for the second season of The Rings of Power has been ramping up since it began filming last October, with over a dozen actors joining the cast since. However, many fans remain hesitant of the show’s future after the departure of Adar actor Joseph Mawle. Only time will tell if The Rings of Power will be able to recapture the magic of Middle-Earth for its second season, or if fans will cast it out into the fires of Mount Doom.
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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