Lord of the Rings makes first casting: What we know so far

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings has made its first casting. Markella Kavenagh joins the series and here’s all we know about the character and series so far.

Amazon has been super quiet about its upcoming Original, Lord of the Rings. It’s been in development for some time but has only just made it’s first casting announcement. Markella Kavenagh joins the series and here’s a look at what we know so far.

Honestly, it’s not much. We know that Kavenagh’s character will be called Tyra, but there’s all that Amazon will share right now. What we do know is that we’re heading back to Middle-Earth and the series will be set during the “Second Age.”

It’s a story that fans have never seen before. While set in the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created, it’s not going to be a rehash of the movies. Nor will it necessarily include the characters from the books. At least, not all of them.

There are some assumptions that we can make based on the lore already created in Lord of the Rings. We know that the Second Age took place over the course of 3441 years, with Sauron’s downfall marking the end. This was also the time that saw the Rings of Power, including the One Ring, come into play. We could see how the Rings of Power came into existence and the original plan for them.

Filming hasn’t started yet, but it looks like we’re getting close. Casting is currently taking place, ready for an August start. Filming is likely to take place in Scotland and New Zealand.

Kavenagh is just the first cast member added to Lord of the Rings. The Australian actress has filmed with Game of Thrones and The Tudors actress Natalie Dormer in Picnic at Hanging Rock (an Amazon Original in North America, so you can check it out right away) and Kavenagh was also in Romper Stomper in Australia.

So far, Kavenagh is credited for the first two episodes on IMDb. Considering the site is updated by anyone, I take the news with a pinch of salt for now. She could be in more episodes, but we’ll have to wait and see what the series brings.

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Lord of the Rings will begin filming next month and is slated for a 2020 release date.