For the LoTR fans in our midst, still a lot of secrecy around this whole production but some new leaks:
Just like many other projects, Amazon’s hugely ambitious Lord of the Rings prequel series was forced to halt production in March 2020 due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Filming of the first two episodes was reportedly nearing completion in New Zealand, after which the show was scheduled to go on a 4-5 month hiatus, allowing the writing team to map out the already confirmed second season. As Deadline reports, the shutdown is likely to segue into that period with filming to resume after the hiatus.
The bad news being, fans will likely have to brace for a time of relative silence as far as big productions updates are concerned. As for the good news, we can still expect some casting tidbits and other revelations – which may or may not help us to make sense of the bigger picture – to trickle through. Today’s article comes with a few such discoveries we recently made.
We have it on very good authority that Anson Boon has joined the cast of The Lord of The Rings . While his role remains unspecified, the young British actor has a certain ethereal look and we could easily see him as a young elf. Boon has had roles in various film and television productions such as Crawl , The Alienist and most recently Amazon’s The Feed . He will also appear as a series regular in the upcoming thriller series Shadowplay , alongside Taylor Kitch and Michael C. Hall.
Next up is Ben Fransham, a name that may be familiar to die-hard fans of the original The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Sharing a long history with the franchise, the Kiwi actor has played minor parts in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of The Rings and The Two Towers, appearing as an elven warrior and an Uruk-hai. Years later, he was also involved in The Hobbit trilogy, both as a stunt performer and playing a goblin. We have learned that Fransham will be back for Amazon’s The Lord of The Rings, probably in a similar capacity if his resumé is anything to go by.