Deadline is reporting that Sam Hazeldine, Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour, Ben Daniels, Amelia Kenworthy, Nia Towle and Nicholas Woodeson have signed up to star in the upcoming second season of The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power.
The official synopsis for the series is as follows:
Amazon Studios’ series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
The report states that Sam Hazeldine (whose credits include The Last Duel and Slow Horses) will be playing the role of Orc leader Adar, who was previously portrayed by Joseph Mawle in the first season, who has now departed the show. The report doesn’t state who the rest of the new additions will be playing in the upcoming second season.
Vernon Sanders, head of global television for Amazon Studios, released a statement saying:
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. To date, season one is the top Original series for Prime Video in every region and has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide, a truly global hit that speaks to the universal nature of powerful storytelling. We welcome these wonderful actors to our ‘fellowship’ and look forward to telling more incredible Second Age stories in season two.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will continue to serve as showrunners and executive producers for the second season, with Lindsey Weber, Callum Green, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill and Gennifer Hutchison executive producing also. Charlotte Brandstrom serves as co-executive producer, Kate Hazell and Helen Shang serve as producers, and Andrew Lee, Matthew Penry-Davey and Clare Buxton serve as co-producers.
The first season starred Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Ema Horvath, Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Lenny Henry, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Benjamin Walker, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Simon Merrells, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Geoff Morrell, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Sara Zwangobani, Charles Edwards, Will Fletcher, Amelie Child-Villiers and Beau Cassidy.