Amazon’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings will see Morfydd Clark portray Galadriel.
According to Variety, Morfydd Clark is the latest actress to join the cast of Amazon’s ambitious prequel to The Lord of the Rings, which is currently confirmed to run for at least two full seasons (with as many as five planned). Amazon has placed a massive investment in getting the project off the ground, and it appears as though it’s intended to be their killer app, much like Stranger Things is for Netflix and The Mandalorian is for Disney+.
Galadriel was portrayed by Cate Blanchett in the films, and Morfydd Clark will portray a much younger version of the character, befitting of a setting that takes place hundreds to thousands of years before the events of the three books comprising the story told in The Lord of the Rings. Most recently, Morfydd Clark has been seen in HBO and BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, so making the jump from one fantasy franchise to another probably won’t be too difficult for her.
So far, Galadriel is the first character announced for the series who has a presence in J. R. R. Tolkien’s books. With the casting decision to bring Morfydd Clark aboard, it can be inferred that the few returning characters from the film adaptations present in the series will not be portrayed by their counterparts in the six Peter Jackson films based on The Lord of the Rings and its prequel, The Hobbit, in spite of the show being developed by New Line Cinema, who produced and distributed Peter Jackson’s movies.
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is being developed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who will lead a writers room that includes Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J. A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. So far, the series has cast Markella Kavenagh, Maxim Baldry, Joseph Mawle, Ema Horvath, and Morfydd Clark in key roles.
Full details on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series are currently unknown, though it is reported to be before the opening prologue of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring during the Second Age of Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.
Amazon has not announced a released date for the Lord of the Rings series.
Henry Cavill’s ‘The Witcher’ Debuts New Poster & First Look Photos
Netflix has released a brand new poster for the Henry Cavill series The Witcher along with a slew of first look photos.
A stunning poster for the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher made its debut this morning, featuring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. In addition, Netflix also dropped the first official photos of Anya Cholatra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri as well as two more stills that offer fans a fresh look at Geralt.
You can check out the poster below and the new photos in the gallery by clicking "Next."
Based on the fantasy series of novels and short stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s The Witcher will follow the monster slayer for hire named Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich will also serve as an executive producer on the series while Alik Sakharov, Alex Garcia Lopez and Charlotte Brändström are on board as directors for the eight-episode first season.
Here is the official synopsis for The Witcher:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Aretuza, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri, with Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers.
The Witcher will be available on Netflix in late 2019. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the upcoming Netflix series.