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Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' Show to Have Diverse Cast of Black, Asian and Pacific Islander Hobbits: Actor

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As “The Lord of the Rings” migrates from the big screen to television, some changes will be made.

For one, the version embraced by Amazon in its TV series will have a multiracial cast, according to a new report.

British comedian Sir Lenny Henry, 63, on Saturday spoke to the BBC about the changes, according to the website BleedingCool.

“For the last two years, I’ve been working on Lord Of The Rings, and it’s an extraordinary thing; it’s the biggest television show that’s ever been made, in terms of money and head count. Literally, a hundred people on set glaring at you and trying to work out what you’ll look like four feet tall,” Henry said.

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“I’m a Harfoot, because J.R.R. Tolkien, who was also from Birmingham — suddenly there were black hobbits. I’m a black hobbit, it’s brilliant, and what’s notable about this run of the books, it’s a prequel to the age that we’ve seen in the films,” Henry said.

“It’s about the early days of the Shire and Tolkien’s environment, so we’re an indigenous population of Harfoots. We’re hobbits, but we’re called Harfoots — we’re multicultural, we’re a tribe not a race, so we’re black, Asian and brown, even Maori types within it.”

“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy debuted in theaters in 2001. The TV series will begin in September 2022 and will air on the Prime Video streaming platform.

Henry called the show “a brand-new set of adventures that seed some of the origins of different characters, and it’s going to take at least 10 years to tell the story. Because it’s based on The Silmarillion, which was almost like a cheat sheet for what happens next in this world in the second and third ages.”

The TV version of “The Lord of the Rings” will have “a very strong female presence in this, there’s going to be female heroes in this evocation of the story, they’re going to be little people as usual,” Henry told BleedingCool.

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The show will be set at least 1,000 years before the events of the movies, according to ScreenRant.

Amazon has said the show features “an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

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The outlet reported that the first season of the series cost about $464 million, which likely would make it the most expensive TV series ever made.

Amazon already is planning a second season.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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