Variety is reporting that newcomer Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) has landed the key role of young Galadriel in Amazon’s Lord of The Rings series, the role previously played by Australian Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Galadriel is a powerful elf of Lothlórien and one of the bearers of the original Rings of Power gifted to the elves by Sauron. In the films, she has a close connection to Gandalf.
Galadriel was the “Lady” of the woods of Lothlórien, which she ruled with Celeborn her husband. She was one of the greatest of the Elves in Middle-earth, surpassing nearly all others in beauty, knowledge, and power. She bore Nenya, one of the three Elven rings of power.
Clark’s credits include the alligator horror flick Crawl, the HBO series His Dark Materials, and the upcoming Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) produced series Dracula.
She joins a cast that includes Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Maxim Baldry. After recent news that Will Poulter (The Revenant, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) had to exit the series over “scheduling conflicts” and his role of Beldor would be going to someone else once the part is recast with another actor.
The setting of the series will be during the Second Age of Middle-Earth which allows for younger versions of both Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchett) and Elrond The Lord of Riverdale (played by Hugo Weaving), the latter is seen in the prologue from The Fellowship of The Ring fighting alongside man to defeat Sauron.
It’s expected that the series will eventually end on that battle.
Filming on the Lord of The Rings is said to begin sometime next year in New Zealand, but there hasn’t been any confirmation if Weta Workshop or Weta Digital will be returning to help recreate Middle-Earth for the Amazon streaming series.
The first season is said to include a massive 20-episodes and while only two seasons have been greenlit, some actors are being contracted to commit to six seasons of the show.