The pre-production phase for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is slowly taking shape. The project is still very much kept under wraps, including the exact plot the series will be focusing on. But updates continue to trickle in from different sources and the latest of them is the signing of Will Poulter for one of the lead roles in the series, as reported by Variety.

Poulter will be joining Australian actress Markella Kavenagh and like her, we don’t know what character he’ll be playing yet. Nevertheless, this is a major achievement for the LOTR series as Poulter is quite a hot commodity lately.

Scoring a lead role in Amazon’s LOTR series is also great for Poulter’s career because the project is reportedly having 20 episodes just for its first season and it’s aiming to be the next Game of Thrones.

Many would recognise the English actor from films like Maze Runner, Detroit, We’re The Millers and Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch. One of his latest projects even includes a role in The Dark Pictures Anthology game, Little Hope. His versatility as an actor has definitely caught the attention of the Amazon’s LOTR team.

Map of Middle Earth featuring Numenor
via Amazon's LOTR series Twitter (@LOTRonPrime)
Map of Middle Earth featuring Numenor
via Amazon’s LOTR series Twitter (@LOTRonPrime)

So far, we know that the series events will take place sometime during the Second Age of Middle Earth. Due to lack of information from the original J.R.R. Tolkien books, there are some gaps that the team needs to carefully piece together or come up with something “realistic” to bridge them.

This is what showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay and the writers are currently facing as they’re exploring the possible storylines. As advised by their Tolkien expert Tom Shippey, they must still be mindful that the shape of the Tolkien universe is not changed if and when they add something new. Whew, stress!

Meanwhile, Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona will be serving as director for the first two episodes. No news on any other directors for the rest of the series yet, though. Hopefully, we get more updates soon.