“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has announced seven new recurring cast members for the forthcoming second season, currently in production in the UK.
“Since its premiere, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has been bringing audiences together to experience the magic and wonder of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent Middle-earth. To date, season one is the top Original series for Prime Video in every region and has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide, a truly global hit that speaks to the universal nature of powerful storytelling. We welcome these wonderful actors to our ‘fellowship’ and look forward to telling more incredible Second Age stories in season two,” said Vernon Sanders, Head of Global Television, Amazon Studios.
The new cast members are Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour, Ben Daniels, Amelia Kenworthy, Nia Towle, and Nicholas Woodeson. The role of Orc leader Adar has been recast for Season Two, and will be played by Sam Hazeldine.
Gabriel Akuwudike is a British-Nigerian actor who has appeared in the acclaimed series Hanna (Prime Video). Other TV credits include “Ridley Road” (BBC) and “War of the Worlds” (FX/Disney+). He has appeared in films including Sam Mendes’ “1917,” and HBO’s “Brexit” directed by Toby Haynes.
Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour is most known for his role as Coen in Season Two of “The Witcher” (Netflix). He was also a series regular in “Young Wallander” (Netflix), playing the role of Reza Al-Rahman. He directed the film “Good Intentions” and was an executive producer and star of the film “When the Screaming Starts.”
Ben Daniels has had recurring roles in television including Jupiter’s “Legacy” (Netflix) as Walter Sampson, “The Crown” (Netflix) as Lord Snowdon, “The Exorcist” (Hulu) as Father Marcus Keane, “House of Cards” (Netflix) as Adam Galloway, and “Law & Order: UK” (ITV) as James Steel. Ben is also an award-winning stage actor who has appeared in numerous productions including “The Normal Heart” (National Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination – Best Actor, Critics’ Circle Theatre Award – Best Actor), “All My Sons” (National Theatre – Olivier Award – Best Supporting Actor), and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (Broadway – Tony and Drama Desk Nominations – Best Actor).
Sam Hazeldine’s credits include “Peaky Blinders” (BBC), “Slow Horses” (Apple TV+), “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” “Mechanic: Resurrection,” and Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”. He currently appears in “The Sandman” (Netflix) and “The Playlist” (Netflix), and will next be seen in the upcoming “Band of Brothers” sequel “Masters of The Air” (AppleTV+) opposite Austin Butler and Callum Turner, and starring alongside Jonah Hauer-King and Dar Zuzovsky in the Casanova drama feature, “A Beautiful Imperfection.”
Amelia Kenworthy is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. While at RADA, she performed in numerous stage productions including “Spring Awakening” as Anna, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Puck, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” as Julia, “Pomona” as Ollie, and “Against” as Shiela. She has also appeared in short films “IRL” and “Messenger.” She will make her television debut in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”
Nia Towle was most recently seen in the Netflix film “Persuasion.” On stage, Nia debuted Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” at both the National Theatre and Duke of York Theatre. During her studies at Guildhall School of Drama, from which she graduated in 2021, Nia played leading roles in plays including “Yerma,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Medea.”
Nicholas Woodeson is a veteran English performer of television, film, and theatre. In television, his credits include “Silent Witness” (BBC), “Baptiste” (BBC), “The Honourable Woman” (BBC), “Poirot” (ITV), and “Rome” (HBO / BBC). He can also be seen in films including “The Hustle,” “Paddington 2,” “The Danish Girl,” “Skyfall,” and “Conspiracy.” His most recent theatre performances include “The Two Popes,” The Duke of Norfolk in “The Mirror and The Light,” The Mayor in “The Visit,” Pope Francis in “The Pope,” Mr. Kidd in “The Room,” and Willy in “Death of a Salesman.” Nicholas is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
All eight first-season episodes are now available to stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories in multiple languages.
“The Rings of Power” brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
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