Joseph Mawle Ditches Westeros For Middle-Earth In Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series

When your fantasy homeland is burnt to a crisp, you know it’s time to go. That’s what former Game of Thrones star Joseph Mawle did when he signed up for a lead role Amazon‘s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series.

Joseph Mawle

According to Deadline, Mawle, who played as former Night’s Watch Ranger Benjen Stark/Coldhands in GoT, will reportedly star as a major villain in the upcoming big-budget adaptation of the fantasy series, which serves as a precursor to J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mawle’s final moments as Benjen Stark/Coldhands in Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

The BAFTA TV nominee is part of a trio of Game of Thrones alum to be part of this new project. He is joined by former GoT co-executive producer Bryan Cogman now as the show’s consulting producer, and ex-HBO executive vice president Bruce Richmond to executive produce.

Joining Mawle in terms of cast will be Will Poulter (The Revenant, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper), though no details of their characters have been revealed as of yet.

The Lord of the Rings is produced by Amazon’s entertainment arm, Amazon Studios, with collaborations with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. Directing the first two episodes of the series will be J.A. Bayona of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fame.

Production for The Lord of the Rings is slated to begin sometime in the next few months, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand.

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