'Lord of the Rings' series loses Will Poulter

Brenda Watkins
December 13, 2019

The untitled Lord Of The Rings prequel is set to arrive on Amazon Prime Video in 2021.

Will Poulter will reportedly no longer be starring in Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series. The Bandersnatch and Midsommar actor's casting for the high-budget series was previously reported back in September. Other actors now attached to the project include Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Maxim Baldry, and Ema Horvath. The role that Will Poulter was going to play was also not revealed, but many speculated that Will was going to play the lead character from J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. Cost estimates suggest Amazon's TV series will be the most expensive show ever produced, with a cost estimate of Dollars 1.3 billion.

According to the outlet, Poulter won't be joining the show because of schedule conflicts.

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Also cast are relative newcomers Ema Horvath and Markella Kavenagh.

That being said, it is known that the Amazon series won't be making remakes of the Lord of the Rings series seen in Peter Jackson's movies, rather it'll be set in a time period preceding The Fellowship of the Ring. In addition to showrunners Payne and McKay, executive producers include Bayona and his producing partner Belén Atienza, Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, Sharon Tal Yguado as well as writers Gennifer Hutchison; Jason Cahill and Justin Doble.

Two seasons have already been ordered by Amazon, with a potential for five in all, each costing a massive $250 million each, making this a possible $1 billion project for the streaming studio. His role in the show based on J.R.R. Tolkien's works was not disclosed.

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