Buckle up, fantasy fans, and get ready for some worlds to collide.
Joseph Mawle, the actor who played Jon Snow’s doomed uncle Benjen Stark, is confirmed to be starring in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series. Rumors from Deadline suggest Mawle will play a villain named Oren. Mawle joins Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh on what’s shaping up to be a pretty exciting cast. Poulter’s set to play a young hero named Beldor, and Kavenagh will play the female lead opposite Mawle named Tyra.
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Though Amazon declined to comment on whether Mawle had actually been cast, we do know a bit about the upcoming series. For starters, Amazon’s spending a staggering $500 million on the project that’s set before the events in any of the previous film adaptations. The series will be written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay who have kept a pretty tight lid on what aspects of Middle Earth their series will explore.
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Pre-production has already started, and production is supposed to begin in the coming month in Auckland, New Zealand. Bryan Cogman, a co-executive producer for Game of Thrones, is also involved with the project as a consulting producer. And Bruce Richmond, who’s worked closely with HBO and Game of Thrones in the past, is now working as an executive producer for the show.
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