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Anticipation for Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series couldn't be higher. Ever since the original trilogy and follow-up Hobbit franchise ended, fans have been begging for more Middle Earth content to binge on.
While everything has been very hush, hush at Amazon Studios, the company has given us a look at who we can expect to see on our screens when the show debuts.
So far, the confirmed cast include Robert Aramayo (young Ned on Game of Thrones), Owain Arthur (The Palace), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Tom Budge (The Pacific), Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Ismael Cruz Córdova (The Mandalorian), Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II), Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper), Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark Game of Thrones), Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers (Medici), Daniel Weyman (Gentleman Jack), and Tyroe Muhafidin.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Aramayo will play the heroic Beldor. Apart from that there have been no revelations about who will be playing what.
Filming will begin next month and Amazon hopes to have it ready by next year.
Series showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said: "After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series.
"These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide."
While this cast have multiple years of serious acting work under their belts, the casting directors threw out a call late last year for extras to play orcs.
In their own words, one of the companies is after people who are either under five feet tall, or over six feet tall. They also must possess what they've tactfully called 'wonderful noses' or 'character faces'.
The agency added: "HAIR HAIR HAIR - if you have natural red hair, white hair, or lots and lots of freckles."
The advert also puts out a casting call for 'long lithe dancers', 'stocky mean-looking bikers', and 'redheads of all ages, shapes and sizes'.
Obviously, New Zealand isn't the biggest or most populous country in the world, so they've had to resort to using members of the public to fill their vacancies.
That means that they need weird-looking Kiwis.
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