Amazon Prime Video released them The Lord of the Rings prequel series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power this fall and it was a big hit. Power rings topped the streaming charts for weeks, even after the finale aired. Prime Video is already filming the second season of the series, but the premiere is not expected until sometime in 2024. It was revealed earlier today that a number of new cast members will be joining the series ahead of its major character recast second season. Game of Thrones star Joseph Mawle leaves the series with Sam Hazeldine who will replace him as the Orc leader Adar. Now Mawle is taking to Twitter to speak out about his replacement.
“Loved my time exploring Middle Earth and delving into Tolkien’s mythology,” the actor wrote on Twitter. “I am so honored that the character was loved. He cared a lot to tell you his story. Although as an actor it remains my desire, my job description to explore new characters and worlds. I wish all the best to cast and crew for S2 , I’ll cheer you on from the sidelines X.”
I loved my time exploring Middle-earth and delving into Tolkien’s mythology. I’m so honored that the character was loved. He cared a lot about telling you his story. Although as an actor it remains my wish, my job description to discover new characters and worlds. I wish all
— Joseph Mawle (@realjosephmawle) December 1, 2022
Power rings is ahead of its epic fantasy rival House of the Dragon in Nielsen ratings. The most recent episode of Power rings left fans in shock after revealing the origin of an iconic Middle-earth location. The series’ co-showrunner reflected on the direction of the series ahead of the first-season finale.
“A big theme in Tolkien is environmentalism and the way machines and industrializations are destroying the land,” McKay told The Hollywood Reporter. “We wanted that to be the focus all along. It’s something that comes up over and over again throughout the show. So in the writers’ room we asked, What if Mordor was beautiful? All rural like Switzerland. And then what could have happened that it could transform? We talked about the poisoning of the land – which starts in the first episode with the cow. Then you find out that the tunnels are dug and sulfur goes into the air. It all builds up to this geologically realistic way to ignite the mountain, which now darkens the sky for a very practical reason—Adar, our villain, sees the Orcs as his people, and they deserve a home where the sun does not torment them.
Patrick McKay and JD Payne developed Power rings for Prime Video, inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien and set in the second era of the world of Middle-earth. The show’s cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streams exclusively on Prime Video.
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