Variety reports that Amazon’s upcoming Lord of The Rings series has lost one of its key actors as British actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, Detroit, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) has exited the high fantasy series based on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien.
The default excuse being used here is over scheduling conflicts (commonly used even if scheduling wasn’t the issue).
Will Poulter will not be appearing in Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series after all, Variety has learned exclusively.
According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, scheduling conflicts will prevent the “Bandersnatch” and “Midsommar” actor from joining the show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Variety had exclusively reported on Poulter’s involvement with the series back in September. The exact nature of the role Poulter was to play remains a mystery, but the search for a replacement is now underway. Other actors reportedly attached to star in the series are Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Maxim Baldry, and Ema Horvath.
Poulter had been attached to play the role of Beldor before leaving.
Actors playing certain characters are being asked by Amazon to sign-up for six seasons without knowing if the streaming giant will indeed commit to more than then the two seasons they’ve greenlit.
We know from a character breakdown we’ve seen that Amazon hopes to get six seasons out of the show, previous trade reports pegged them wanting at least five seasons.
Will Poulter has been the biggest name connected with the show’s cast so far and his exit isn’t the best news when everyone else is mostly unknown or having a small volume of work behind them.
It is odd considering how much money Amazon has been pumping into the show they haven’t announced bigger names for the show, but there are many many more characters yet to be cast and they’ll have to find a new one to play Beldor.
Filming on the series will likely begin sometime next year in New Zealand and remains to be seen if Weta (Weta Workshop and Weta Digital) will return to help create the world of Middle-Earth for this new Amazon series. However, if Amazon was keen on returning to New Zealand I don’t why they would do that and not at least ask for Weta to get involved.
Instead of rehashing the Third Age which was the setting for The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogies, they’ll be covering the Second Age, a moment in the mythology which really hasn’t been covered on the big screen outside of a prologue sequence in Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.
The Second Age covers the creation of the Rings of Power, the fall of ancient kingdoms such as Numenor, the rise of Morgoth’s successor Sauron, and Sauron’s ultimate “defeat” (before eventually returning as the Great Eye of Mordor).
It will be showrun by Star Trek Beyond screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay with Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman involved as a producer/consultant.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona is going to direct multiple episodes.
The first season may include a massive 20-episodes and likely won’t be ready to be streaming on Prime Video until 2021.