Amazon's 'Lord Of The Rings' Series Reportedly Taps Aussie Actor As First Cast Member

It's the first casting news for Amazon's highly anticipated 'Lord of the Rings' series, and it appears Aussie actor Markella Kavenagh is in talks to play a mysterious role.

According to 'Variety', several sources reported that Kavenagh is in talks for a role in the series -- though not much else is known.

Set in Middle-earth, the series will be exploring events that precede Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, meaning it would focus on all-new characters. Kavenagh has been tipped to play a character apparently named "Tyra", who isn't mentioned in Tolkien's stories (as far as we could tell).

Kavenagh has previously starred in Stan's original series 'Romper Stomper' as well as the recent adaptation of 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. In 2018 she was nominated for the AACTA Award for Best New Talent for her work on 'Romper Stomper', where she played Cindi.

Markella Kavenagh Cast In Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Prequel
Aussie Actor Markella Kavenagh at the world premiere of the Stan Original Series BLOOM. Photo: Hanna Lassen/WireImage.

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While Kavenagh's name is the first to be linked to the series on the casting side, she joins 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's director, JA Bayona, who was announced as the director of the series' first two episodes.

"J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honour and a joy to join this amazing team," Bayona said, adding: "I can’t wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story."

For those not up-to-scratch on their Middle-earth history, the Second Age refers to the 3,441 year-long period which ends with the defeat of Sauron's army. The series being set in this time means it could focus on a wide variety of events leading up to the adventures of the characters we know and love from Tolkien's novels.

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