Greenlit: Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Series Adds 20 New Cast Members + More

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition!

“The Lord of the Rings”
The Fellowship keeps growing at Amazon Studios where 20 new cast members have joined the streamer’s upcoming TV series adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings.” Lenny Henry, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Benjamin Walker, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Simon Merrells, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Geoff Morrell, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, and Sara Zwangobani are the new additions to the cast. As previously announced, Robert Aramayo will lead the series Production resumed in late September on the drama in New Zealand. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are the co-showrunners and executive producers. A casting director has not been made public yet.

The upcoming Disney+ “Hawkeye” series added a half-dozen major stars and newcomers alike to its cast this past week. Joining series lead Jeremy Renner, who will reprise his role as the titular Hawkeye, and Hailee Steinfeld will be Vera Farmiga, Florence Pugh, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Alaqua Cox, and Zahn McClarnon. Jonathan Igla is attached to write and executive produce the series, which recently started production in Atlanta and New York. Like all Marvel projects, Sarah Finn is the series casting director.

“Metal Gear Solid”
Solid Snake appears ready for his closeup. Oscar Isaac is attached to play the soldier in Sony’s long-awaited “Metal Gear Solid” adaptation. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is on board to direct the film, which will be based on the video game of the same name created by Hideo Kojima and published by Konami. Derek Connolly will write the script, which will follow Snake, “a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from Foxhound, a renegade special forces unit.” With Isaac’s many ongoing and upcoming projects, a production start date for the film is unknown, but according to Deadline, his involvement now makes this vehicle a high priority for the studio. The movie is the latest addition to a long list of video game adaptations in the works, including the most recently announced “The Last of Us” series adaptation at HBO.

After the 2018 film “Blindspotting” received critical acclaim, a series adaptation-continuance was a sensible next step for the story. Now, that highly anticipated series has added to its cast. Along with previously announced series lead Jasmine Cephas Jones, the series will star Helen Hunt, Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, and Candace Nicholas-Lippman. The eight-episode, half-hour dramedy kicked off production kicks off in Los Angeles and Oakland recently. The writers, producers, and stars of the original film, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, will also write and executive produce the series with Casal serving as showrunner in addition to reprising the role of Miles in a recurring capacity. Deanna Brigidi and Kimberly Hardin, who was also the casting director on the film, are the series’ CDs.

“God’s Favorite Idiot”
Real-life couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are once again at work together on another project. The comedy duo is attached to star in and executive produce the newly greenlit Netflix workplace comedy “God’s Favorite Idiot” with Michael McDonald attached to direct and executive produce. Created by Falcone, “God’s Favorite Idiot” follows a midlevel tech support employee who finds love with a co-worker at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. The series is another new piece in McCarthy and Falcone’s professional collaboration, including “Nobodies,” “Bridesmaids,” “Tammy,” “The Boss,” and the upcoming “Superintelligence,” among others. No casting director has been announced for the new series, but Allison Jones has worked on several Falcone-McCarthy projects. Find out how you can get cast by the veteran comedy—and now drama—CD here at Backstage!

“Nice White Parents”
First reported by Variety, Issa Rae and Adam McKay are reportedly teaming up to adapt the Serial Productions podcast “Nice White Parents” at HBO. Described as “a satirical look at the conflict and comedy that arise when highly resourced white parents, who claim to have the best intentions, wield their influence over generations of Black and Brown students within the NY public school system,” “Nice White Parents” was recently given a pilot commitment at the cabler. The search is now on for a showrunner, according to Variety. No casting has been announced.

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