After what feels like eternity in pre-production, Amazon’s highly anticipated ‘Lord of the Rings’ series finally has its cast – and their leading man is from Yorkshire!
Hull born actor Robert Aramayo, known for playing a young Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, will lead the cast in the role of Beldor. The role was previously rumoured to have been given to ‘We’re The Millers’ and ‘Black Mirror’ actor Will Poulter.
The cast was announced last night at a Television Critics Association presentation – with other confirmed actors including Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Córdova (Mary Queen of Scots), Ema Horvath, Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones), Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers (Medici) and Daniel Weyman.
Robert Aramayo, 27, has racked up quite a few acting credits in his 3 years of working, including ‘Nocturnal Animals’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Mindhunter’, ‘Behind Her Eyes’ and has five projects upcoming this year. According to his Wikipedia profile, the Yorkshire actor began acting at the age of 7, before studying drama at the Oxford School of Drama and winning a place at the prestigious Juilliard School in NYC.
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay released a statement yesterday, saying:
“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.”
The new series will take place before the events of the hit trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ during the Second Age, and is rumoured to be based around the lost island of Númenor.