Joseph Mawle has opened up about his exit from Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The first season of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power introduced audiences to the Orc leader Adar, one of the first Elves that were captured and tortured by the dark lord Morgoth. Played by Game of Thrones alum Joseph Mawle, Adar was one of the most memorable characters of the first season as he was he was responsible for the creation of Mordor, a key location in the Lord of the Rings series.
Despite Adar’s popularity, Joseph Mawle has exited The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power ahead of its season season, which is currently in production in the United Kingdom. Mawle commented on his departure from the series with a series of posts on his official Twitter page.
“I loved my time exploring Middle Earth and diving into Tolkien’s mythology,” Mawle wrote on the social media platform. “I’m so honoured that the character was liked. He cared deeply about telling you his story. Though as an actor it remains my wish, my job description to explore new characters and worlds. Wishing all the best to cast and crew for season two. I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines.”
Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders, Slow Horses) is stepping into the role of Adar for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season two, replacing Joseph Mawle. The Amazon series has also added six more actors for its sophohomore outing.
Amazon has big plans for its Lord of the Rings series, having so far spared no expense with its development. The company has committed to a 5-season production plan for The Rings of Power, which is reportedly worth at least $1 billion.
Amazon Studios is producing The Rings of Power in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are serving as showrunners and executive producers on the series.
The ensemble for the series consists of Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman.
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