Filming for season two of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is already underway in the UK, and today, the show announced some major casting news. Joining the already massive ensemble are seven new cast members, one of which will be replacing Joseph Mawle as the Orc leader “Adar.”
Rings of Power announced seven new recurring cast members for the show’s upcoming second season.
In a press release, Prime Studios said, “Since its premiere, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been bringing audiences together to experience the magic and wonder of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent Middle-earth. We welcome these wonderful actors to our ‘fellowship’ and look forward to telling more incredible Second Age stories in season two.”
Take a look at the talented actors joining the cast of season two of The Rings of Power below.
Gabriel Akuwudike appeared in the acclaimed series Hanna, from Prime Video. He’s also held roles in BBC’s Ridley Road and FX/Disney+’s War of the Worlds. In film, Akuwudike has acting credits in Sam Mendes’ award-winning film 1917 and HBO’s Brexit.
Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour
Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour is best known for his role as “Coen” in season two of Netflix’s The Witcher. He was also a series regular in Young Wallander and directed the film Good Intentions. Atour was an executive producer and star of the film When the Screaming Starts.
You can see Ben Daniels’ previous work in productions like Netflix’s The Crown, House of Cards, and Jupiter’s Legacy. Daniels’ film credits include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captive State, and Benediction.
Sam Hazeldine will be taking over the role of Adar, the Orc leader. As of now, there’s no official statement as to why Joseph Mawle, who played the character in season one, won’t be returning.
Hazeldine appeared in popular series like BBC’s Peaky Blinders, Apple TV+’s Slow Horses, and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. Currently, he appears in The Sandman series on Netflix and in the upcoming Band of Brothers sequel Masters of The Air on Apple TV+.
The Rings of Power will be Amelia Kenworthy’s television debut. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kenworthy appeared in stage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Spring Awakening. She’s also appeared in the short films IRL and Messenger.
Nia Towle most recently appeared in the Netflix adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion as Louisa Musgrove. On stage, Towle debuted in Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National Theater and the Duke of York Theater.
Nicholas Woodeson is an accomplished actor, having roles in TV productions like BBC’s Silent Witness, Baptiste, The Honourable Woman, and HBO’s Rome. Woodeson also appeared in major film productions like Skyfall, The Danish Girl, Paddington 2, and Conspiracy.
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