Amazon's Lord of the Rings Casts Game of Thrones Star as Villain

Lawrence Kim
October 22, 2019

Joseph Mawle is leaving Westeros and heading straight to Middle-earth: The Game of Thrones actor has joined the cast of Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings adaptation, our sister site Deadline is reporting.

The Lord of the Rings series is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Mawle will likely play a leading role in the Lord of the Rings TV show, naming the character as the villain Oren.

On Game of Thrones, Mawle played Ned's brother Benjen Stark, a Night's Watch ranger who disappeared during a mission north of the Wall and eventually sacrificed himself to save his nephew Jon Snow. The show set to be the most ambitious project Amazon Studios has taken on yet, reportedly estimated to cost the streamer as much as $1 billion. He represents the latest link between HBO's fantasy mega hit and LOTR, along with GoT co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who is consulting producer on LOTR, and former HBO EVP Production Bruce Richmond, who worked on GOT and now serves as LOTR executive producer.

The rest of the crew is filled out by director and executive producer J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), and writing talent from Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Stranger Things, Hannibal, and others.

Mawle also received a BAFTA nomination for his work in Birdsong, a 2012 WWII series that also starred Eddie Redmayne.

Little is known about the plot of the Lord of the Rings series other than it will potentially look to explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.

Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.

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