English actor Robert Aramayo, best known for playing a young Ned Stark in flashback scenes in the sixth and seventh seasons of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” has landed the lead role in Amazon’s mega-budget “The Lord of the Rings” TV series.
Aramayo replaces the role that Will Poulter had previously been in negotiations for, a young hero role referred to as Beldor. Poulter had to exit talks due to scheduling conflicts.
Set in Middle Earth, the series will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring”. Aramayo, who also starred in “Nocturnal Animals” and the upcoming “The King’s Man,” joins a cast that includes Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle and Morfydd Clark.
Amazon gave the series an early second season renewal. At the same time, the series will be going on a 4-5-month hiatus after filming the first two episodes from the first season in order to map out and write the bulk of the scripts for the second season.
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay executive produce the series with director J.A. Bayona helming the first episode.