Game of Thrones alum joins The Lord of the Rings series in lead role
For Middle-earth’s new hero, Amazon looked to Westeros. Game of Thrones alum Robert Aramayo has been cast in a starring role in the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series as a replacement for actor Will Poulter, who reportedly dropped out of the lead due to scheduling conflicts.
Deadline was the first to report the casting on Tuesday.
Aramayo played a young Ned Stark, Sean Bean‘s tragic hero killed off in season 1. The actor appeared in a number of Bran Stark’s visions of the past across seasons 6 and 7. Aramayo will now take the role referred to as Beldor in The Lord of the Rings series, the events of which predate what occurs in author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original book trilogy. Let’s hope Beldor lasts longer in the story than Bean’s Boromir did in The Fellowship of the Ring.
A rep for Amazon declined to comment. Reps for Aramayo did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.
The series, from showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, will be set in The Second Age of Middle-earth and follow a new set of characters. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona was tapped to helm the first two episodes, though production went on a 4-5-month haitus as Amazon green lit an early season 2 renewal.
Amazon has not yet confirmed a cast for the show, though a number of names have been reported, including His Dark Materials‘ Morfydd Clark, The Gallows Act II‘s Ema Horvath, and another Game of Thrones veteran Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark).
Aramayo recently had a role on the latest season of Netflix’s Mindhunter and will appear in The King’s Man, the latest entry to the Kingsman movie franchise.
HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.