Diverse LOTR series is “more representative” of the real world

THIS IS was not a conscious decision by Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings as well as hobbit trilogies starring mostly white male actors.

Jackson selected actors who resembled the descriptions set out in author J. R. R. Tolkien’s seminal fantasy works, which were published in 1937.

However, in the highly anticipated upcoming Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Powercreators J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were licensed on behalf of the author not only to expand Tolkien’s cinematic universe, but also to hire an “inclusive cast” to better reflect the current world.

This led to the series having an ensemble cast of 21 main characters, resulting in the most diverse, gender-balanced live-action Middle-earth ever, with more female characters and actors of color playing elves and Harfoots.

The entire cast showed up at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend to announce new footage from the series.

“We are talking about a global show and a global audience. Now this is reality. It’s not about a narrow view,” said Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who played Queen Regent of Numenor Miriel.

“And for me, it’s about inviting people and being expansive. And if you’re going to tell this story in 2022, it seems to me that this is the only way to tell it, the only way to present it. And I think people were very eager to see full representation in this world.”

“Because, at the end of the day, this is a story about people from different backgrounds coming together for a common cause.”

Markella Cavena, who played Harfut Nori Brandyfoot, hopes that not only the series, but the entire industry will become more open.

Co-star Megan Richards added that she “can’t wait for the time when this is no longer an issue.”

The prequel will take place thousands of years before that. Lord of the Rings as well as hobbit trilogies of the Second Age of Middle-earth based on scriptures from appendices Lord of the Ringsas well as other Tolkien works such as Silmarillion.