Amazon has been busy developing their incredibly expensive Lord of the Rings TV series, and Variety has announced another new addition to the cast who is reportedly set to play a character whom Tolkien fans are well acquainted with.
The outlet has reported that Morfydd Clark (His Dark Materials) has landed the role of Galadriel, the extremely powerful character played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson‘s LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT trilogies. In addition to His Dark Materials, Clark is also known for her roles in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, CRAWL, and THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD. She’s also set to play the role of Mina Harker in BBC’s upcoming Dracula series from Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Clark joins a cast which already includes Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, and Maxim Baldry. MIDSOMMAR’s Will Poulter was slated to star in the series, but recently had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is being developed by J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, who will serve as showrunners, and JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM director J.A. Bayona is also attached to direct multiple episodes.
Amazon recently renewed the series for a second season, but it was also announced that production on the series will go on a 4-5 month hiatus following the filming of the first two episodes in order to map out and write the scripts for the next season. Little is known about Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, except that it will take place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, a time before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, first came into existence. The series will explore new storylines based on the original writings of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s original writings.