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  1. From Redanian, some new leaks of information - including a young actor Anson Boon (aged 20) who appeared most recently in the feature film 1917 but has also had past roles in The Alienist and other productions, as well as Ben Fransham, a Kiwi actor who actualy played minor roles in both the original trilogy and the Hobbit. Other information as well about Merrells's role and Megan Richards. Full article here at the link (a few excerpts below): https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/05/22/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-adds-another-actor-and-two-more-roles-revealed/
  2. https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/02/08/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-enters-production-in-new-zealand/
  3. https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/01/25/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-casts-spartacus-actor/
  4. I'm really liking the castings thus far. Amazon evidently appear to be giving WoT the professional treatment and money it deserves (at least so far as casting is concerned, I'm interested to see if they do try to squeeze 2 books into the first season as some have been speculating courtesy of the episode titles). Maria Doyle Kennedy first came onto my radar in 2007, when she starred as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors. She was excellent in the role and I subsequently saw her in Downton Abbey, Orphan Black and Outlander (as blind aunt Jocasta MacKenzie). In each role, she came across to me as a versatile and accomplished character actress, so I am very curious to see if she is Elaida as Werthead has theorised (weirdly enough, she resembles a lot of the fan art for this character physically). The Aes Sedai women all look very well selected to me and with Rosamund Pike already well locked in from the beginning as Moiraine, the sisterhood are looking pretty fierce at the minute. If I were Rand (Josha Stradowski), I'd be intimidated! I also think the social media engagement from the WoT crew & cast on Twitter, instagram et al. has been very strong, so kudos to Amazon for that. As someone who has only dabbled in the WoT books (just reading EotW & GH in full & skimming a few others, as well as reading about the wider world-building here & there), I'm very much looking forward to the show.
  5. Agreed, I did as well. It's a bit underwhelming, although I agree that that doesn't count for anything so far as quality is concerned. I mean WoT (Amazon's sister fantasy show) has Oscar nominated actor Rosamund Pike and the GoT actor Michael McElhatton. Joseph Mawle and young Ned Stark actor aren't exactly the same (McElhatton was a more prominent actor in the show than them). I would note, though, that this isn't actually the full cast yet. One important point from the Deadline article: This is just the first, initial batch of main cast/regulars.
  6. We also still have no clue what source material the licensed rights cover (I mean, we know nothing, pretty much, about this project - not even that) over and above LotR/Appendices. Given that the maps evidently relied upon the description of Númenor in Unfinished Tales (and Shippey subsequently confirmed that he and Howe did in fact use it as a source), we can legitimately surmise that material from this volume, at least, must have been part of the deal, which was concluded in May 2018 (despite being announced in November 2017). According to Variety in November 2017, the original deal did not include The Silmarillion but since the rights situation was only concluded in May 2018, that may only have been for that period in time, it might have changed in the subsequent months of negotiation between Amazon and the Tolkien Estate. There was a recent video uploaded to youtube by a composer, Ralston, who was one of the applicants to come up with the score for the Amazon series. He was rejected last year but posted his orchestral pieces online and one of them was called The Song of Firiel and used Tolkien's original Quenya lyrics from the Númenórean chapters in The Lost Road, one of Christopher Tolkien's compilations and commentaries upon his father's unpublished work in the HoME series. I have no idea if it means that the deal also covered this, and by implication all relevant Second Age material, or if Ralston did this on his own account (I think that unlikely though, given that it was an actual application & I imagine he must have acted within rights, but who knows).
  7. Indeed, they've been keeping a very low profile. Unlike WoT, which will be new to most folks outside the fantasy genre, they don't actually have to build any excitement or anticipation around the LotR brand, because its already a household name that everyone knows as a result of the books and films. For that reason, I wouldn't expect much fanfare about this project until much nearer the time. When a LotR show drops on Amazon Prime under the name "LotR", many fans of the books/films will pay it attention and at least give it an initial watch out of intrigue. So Amazon aren't going to be plugging it the same way they are going to be with their entirely new property, WoT (and indeed, as Netflix did with the Witcher build-up). I have no expectations of it myself, as we've seen absolutely nothing official yet as to what direction they are going for in terms of plot, visuals, tone/thematic quality or anything else for that matter. Even the casting announcements haven't been confirmed by Amazon, so its impossible for me to prognosticate or comment positively or negatively at this moment in time.
  8. He was "young" Ned Stark in the GoT Tower of Joy flashbacks in season 6. He'll be replacing Poulter as one of the leads, "Beldor", according to the report. As ever, Amazon and Aramayo’s reps would not confirm or comment on the reporting.
  9. On last week's episode though, the ending was so effectively delivered by McAvoy. Any doubts I had about his portrayal of Lord Asriel in episode 1 - where I found him a tad too 'thespian' / over-dramatic at times - were fully allayed by his ability to convey creepy, dark-turn Asriel in that critical moment, which must have disturbed the hell out of unsuspecting viewers who had never read the books (and were thus expecting a loving father - daughter reunion type scenario, primed to think of Asriel - as Lyra herself naively did - as this paternalistic, idealistic and free-thinking uncle/father).
  10. Couldn't agree more, it looked like a pile-on to me as well. Ruth Wilson is easily the best thing about this adaption imho - I think her ability to convey the character of Mrs Coulter has been exceptional. Through her portrayal, I've discovered so many more layers to the character compared with her book version. A complicated and strangely relatable villain - despite her monstrous deeds, psychosis and undeniable wickedness. And she looks great in the role too, which is a plus but a very secondary consideration to her prodigious skill as an actress. I think in particular of the scenes between her and Lyra in Bolvanger. I found them so powerful. The mother - daughter relationship was fascinating in the books but I'm finding it even more riveting on screen. Not every actor works for everyone, I'll concede (which is A-OK, Ann-Marie Duff's portrayal of Ma Costa personally hasn't worked for me) - but talking about her looking like a simpson's character or finding her alleged overbite (?) off-putting is just.....
  11. Hey, she was only in her "young" 2000s - 5000s compared to her 8000s in LotR Honestly, I agree the "young" stuff is really pushing things and I'm not entirely sure where they're coming from. Elrond was conceivably young by Elvish standards as he was only in his "50s" at the begining of the Second Age....but an already thousands of years old Galadriel is, umm, taking creative liberties shall we say.
  12. She played the nurse in HDM whose daemon had been cut as a child: "This is the best place there could possibly be".
  13. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-series-galadriel-morfydd-clark-1203446284/
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