Amazon Studios announces more cast members to its Amazon Original series based on The Lord of the Rings novels.

Twenty additional cast members will join the ensemble cast of the series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classics. The newly revealed cast members will join the previously announced global cast and crew, currently filming in New Zealand.

Of the new eclectic cast, there are a few Brits in the mix. British American actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Accountant), and Sir Lenny Henry (Danny and the Human Zoo)! Addai-Robinson and Henry will join the earlier previously announced cast which includes Sophia Nomvete (The Color Purple – stage production). Cast members have come from across the globe – Australia, Sri Lanka, and America.

Showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said: “The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is epic, diverse, and filled with heart. These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multi-year search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew. The international cast of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are thrilled to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.”

As previously announced, the series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay; joined by filmmaker J.A. Bayona, who is directing the first two episodes and serving as executive producer, alongside his creative partner Belén Atienza; with executive producers Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Callum Greene, Gennifer Hutchison, Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, and Sharon Tal Yguado.

Set in Middle-earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. A world-renowned literary work and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. The Lord of the Rings has been translated into around 40 languages and has sold more than 150 million copies.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson most recently was a series regular on the STARZ series Power. Cynthia previously co-starred alongside Ben Affleck, JK Simmons, and Anna Kendrick on the big screen in Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant (Warner Bros) as ‘Marybeth Medina,’ one of the lead roles. Cynthia also can be seen starring alongside Ryan Phillipe in the USA series Shooter. Known for her breakout role as ‘Naevia’ in Spartacus: War of the Damned, Cynthia has since had many notable roles including the major recurring role of ‘Dr. Vicki Glass‘ in Chicago Med, ‘Amanda Waller’ in the CW hit show Arrow; the female lead of ‘Dr. Emily West’ in the History Channel miniseries Texas Rising alongside Bill Paxton and Ray Liotta. Her guest-star credits include Law & Order: CI; CSI: Miami; Numb3rs, Flash Forward, and The Vampire Diaries.

Sir Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist, and award-winning actor.  Sir Lenny starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Donmar, and most recently August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2019. Sir Lenny’s Television credits include Broadchurch, The Syndicate, The Long Song, and his biographic Danny and The Human Zoo.  Sir Lenny’s Production Company, Douglas Road, has achieved success in partnership with Burning Bright on the recently acclaimed The Commonwealth Kid documentary. Sir Lenny is a co-founder of Comic Relief and recently released his memoir Who Am I Again? in October 2019.  He has been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016.


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