February 4, 2023
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Prime Video reveals new cast members for the upcoming second season of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Rejoice Rings fans because The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is gearing up for its second season. And with new episodes already in production in the UK, Prime Video has announced the casting of seven new additions to the cast. And boy is the streamer upping the ante for season two.

“Since its premiere, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been bringing audiences together to experience the magic and wonder of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magnificent Middle-earth. To date, season one is the top Original series for Prime Video in every region and has been viewed by over 100 million people worldwide, a truly global hit that speaks to the universal nature of powerful storytelling. We welcome these wonderful actors to our ‘fellowship’ and look forward to telling more incredible Second Age stories in season two,” said Vernon Sanders, Head of Global Television, Amazon Studios.

NEW ADDITIONS

The new cast members joining the Prime Video series for season 2 are Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour, Ben Daniels (Rogue One/The Crown), Amelia Kenworthy, Nia Towle, and Nicholas Woodeson. The role of Orc leader “Adar” has been recast for Season Two, and will be played by Sam Hazeldine.

SEASON ONE

All eight first-season episodes are now available to stream exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories in multiple languages.

The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

The Rings of Power adds Ben Daniels for Season 2

SUCCESS

The first season of The Rings of Power has been an unprecedented success, viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide, with more than 24 billion minutes streamed. The highly anticipated series attracted more than 25 million global viewers on its first day, marking the biggest premiere in the history of Prime Video, and also debuted as the No. 1 show on Nielsen’s overall streaming chart in its opening weekend. The show has also broken all previous Prime Video records for the most viewers, and has driven more Prime sign-ups worldwide during its launch window than any other previous content. Additionally, The Rings of Power is the top Original series in every region—North America, Europe, APAC, LATAM, and the rest of the world. The season finale also created a global cultural moment, with multiple series-themed hashtags, including #TheRingsofPower and others, trending in 27 countries across Twitter for over 426 cumulative hours throughout the weekend.

SEASON TWO

Season Two of the series is produced by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay. They are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, and Gennifer Hutchison, along with co-executive producer Charlotte Brandstrom, producers Kate Hazell and Helen Shang, and co-producers Andrew Lee, Matthew Penry-Davey, and Clare Buxton.

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LOOKING FORWARD

This is an exciting announcement from Prime Video. Of all the actors announced for season two of the hit series, Ben Daniels stands out from the crowd. Star Wars fans will identify him from his role as General Merrick in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but in recent years the actor has risen to prominence with roles in both The Exorcist and more recently The Crown.

Prime Video is going all out to raise the stakes after the success of the first season. And although the series received a mixed reaction from both hardcore fans and casual viewers, the streamer will be hoping to win over the detractors. But with Sauron now installed as the major threat of the series, surely it will win over even the harshest of critics over its five-season run.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season One is now streaming on Prime Video.

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