Following the news that actor Joseph Mawle (also known as Benjen Stark from Game of Thrones) is no longer Adar in the Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power I unwrapped my personal sadness and lamented that a Season 2 storyline of Rings of Power in Mordor would be relatively bleak and pointless without Adar on board. Turns out my sad dumpling wears blinkers. Because shortly before Mawle’s tweet, the showrunners already confirmed that Adar was recast.
As of season 2, it’s likely Sam Hazeldine will play the riotous orc leader (thanks to our user deadlybreath for the tip). Hazeldine played George Sewell in The Witcher, among other things, in an episode of Eredin, in Sandman Barnaby and in Peaky Blinders – so he has at least some experience with the series production of a streaming provider, even if it was Netflix ^^ Hazeldine will be in the IMDB even listed Rings of Power as the actor of Adar in 2022 – I personally would not have noticed the change of actors if it had taken place in the first season. After the confrontation with Galadriel, however, Adar has not played a major role either. By the way, IMDB’s “1 episode” mention applies to all new cast members. In general, I’m curious to see how the change of actors will affect the film.
In terms of a Mordor story arc, however, with the new information it’s safe to say that, thank Eru, there will be confrontations between Sauron and Adar, and I absolutely welcome that!
15 (!) new actors in the cast of Rings of Power
In addition to Sam Hazeldine as Adar, the creators of Rings of Power have also confirmed 14 other new cast members. It is not yet known which roles they will take on. The information was about the official LOtronPrime account on Twitter divided. The new faces include:
- Gabriel Akuwudike – has had a short appearance in GoT and other series so far
- Yasen “Zates” Atour – Coen in The Witcher, Reza Al-Rahman in Young Wallander
- Ben Daniels – General Merrick from Star Wars: Rogue One, Adam Galloway from House of Cards
- Sam Hazeldine – Eredin from The Witcher, Barnaby in Sandman
- Amelia Kenworthy – Young Actress
- Nia Towle – Sushi Girl from Rocketman
- Nicholas Woodeson – Doctor Hall from James Bond 007: Skyfall, Dalton from John Carter
- Oliver Alvin-Wilson – Chips Benson from Collateral (series)
- Stuart Bowman – Bontemps from Versailles, Roy Lynch from Guilt
- Gavi Singh Chera – Sajid Parvin from The Undeclared War
- William Chubb – Kieran from Vampire Academy, Edmund from Sandman
- Kevin Eldon – Sergeant Tony Fisher from Hot Fuzz, The Apparat from Shadow and Bone
- Will Keen – Father MacPhail from His Dark Materials, David Epstein from Ridley Road
- Selina Lo – The Gasp from Hellraiser, Guan Yin from Boss Level
- Calam Lynch – Deal Sailor from Dunkirk, Theo Sharpe from Bridgerton
Source: Amazon Studios
Yes, Círdan in Rings of Power!
One of my favorite characters from the Tolkien canon is and remains Círdan, Lord of the Gray Havens (aka Mithlond) and a (far more suitable than Elrond in my opinion) sparring partner candidate for Gil-galad. It is not yet known who will play Círdan, the boat builder and one of the oldest elves of all (via Screenrant). From the above cast members, I would identify three hot candidates for Círdan: Nicholas Woodeson, Stuart Bowman, and William Chubb.
Why would these be my candidates? Because, as mentioned, Círdan is one of the elders and it is only after a certain age that elves show how old they are. In addition, Círdan is the only Elf known to wear a beard. He didn’t wear one in the Jackson trilogy, but he only had one blink of an eye’s screen time. There’s no way Círdan can be portrayed as a youngster in Rings of Power – so I’d choose an older actor as well. I’m really excited to see who it will be and how the role will be created! I’m not particularly happy with Gil-galad’s and the associated implications regarding the disappearance of the elves.
Is the cast getting too big?
One could now say: 15 new actors? Crazy! The main cast of Rings of Power is already relatively large, so what roles will the newcomers take on? I’m now counting on Pelargir and Rhûn being set up as new locations, so of course it would need a lot of staff if the streets aren’t to look as deserted as in East-in-Edhil. Let’s just wait and see.