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'Lord of the Rings' Amazon Series Casts 'Game of Thrones' Star As Main Villain

'Lord of the Rings' Amazon series casts 'Game of Thrones' star as main villain
October 22, 2019 - 12:28 / Laura Pérez

Joseph Mawle, aka "Benjen Stark" in Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Amazon's The Lord of the Rings. He will share credits with Black Mirror star Will Poulter, and Markella Kavenagh, also known for her role in Romper Stomper.

It seems like Amazon's Lord of the Rings series has found its main villain. Joseph Mawle, also known as "Benjen Stark" in HBO's Game of Thrones, has been cast in the new series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary fantasy novels. This time he is joining stars Will Poulter, also known for his role in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and Markella Kavenagh, best known for appearing in Romper Stomper.

Joseph Mawle at the Good Grief Charlie Brown VIP Preview in London, 2018

This is what we know so far about The Lord of the Rings upcoming series

Set in Middle-Earth's Second Age, before the events of Tolkien's primary trilogy The Fellowship of the RingThe Two Towers and The Return of the King, the first two episodes of the series will be directed by J.A. Bayona, also known for his work in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

Produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, New Line Cinema, and Harpercollins, The Lord of the Rings' pre-production has already started, while production will reportedly begin in the coming months in New Zealand. Writers Justin Doble (Stranger Things,) Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad,and Jason Cahill (The Sopranos,) are on board as executive producers.