Rings of Power season 2 will see a new cast member as Adar after Joseph Mawle surprisingly left the project.

Announced in a press release, Amazon Studios has confirmed that Mawle has been replaced by Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders) in the second season of his hugely popular Prime Video show.

No reason was given for Mawle's departure, but we've reached out to Amazon for official comment. We will update this article if we have any news.

Although he was replaced as orc leader, Mawle had only good things to say about his time on The Rings of Power season 1. Taking to his personal Twitter account after the news broke, the former Game of Thrones actor expressed his gratitude for being able to play a small but significant role in the legendary world of JRR Tolkien:

I loved my time exploring Middle-earth and delving into Tolkien's mythology. I feel so honored that the character has been loved. I wanted to tell you his story. Although as an actor, it is still my desire, my job description to explore new characters and new worlds. Wishing everyone on December 1, 2022

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In addition to changing Adar's role, Amazon, who announced six other actors (along with Hazeldine) have joined the cast of The Rings of Power season 2:

  • Gabriel Akuwudike (1917, War of the Worlds)
  • Yasen 'Zates' Atour (The Witcher Season 2, Young Wallander)
  • Ben Daniels (The Crown, Jupiter Legacy)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (Rome, Silent Witness)
  • Nia Towle (Persuasion)
  • Amelia Kenworthy (N/D)

Amazon hasn't confirmed which characters these actors will play, but Hazeldine and her fellow stars will have "recurring roles" on one of Prime Video's top shows, according to the studio's press release.

Rings of Power showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne have already confirmed that Cirdan the Shipbuilder, one of the oldest elves in Middle-earth, will appear in Season 2. Woodeson is the oldest of these new cast members, by which logically fits the role. de Cirdan, in our opinion.

In a brief statement accompanying the new cast announcements, Amazon's head of global television Vernon Sanders said: "Since its premiere, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has brought audiences together to experience the magic and the wonder of JRR Tolkien. beautiful environment – ​​the earth.

"To date, the first season is Prime Video's best original series in all regions and has been watched by more than 100 million people around the world, a truly global success that speaks to the universal nature of powerful storytelling. . We welcome these wonderful actors to our 'fraternity'. ' and I look forward to telling more amazing stories from the Second Age in season two."

The reveal of the Rings of Power cast additions comes just 10 days after another big announcement surrounding the show. On November 21, a Rings of Power docuseries was released on Prime Video, detailing the development of the show's expensive first season.

Meanwhile, production on The Rings of Power season 2 began in late October, with principal photography taking place in the UK rather than New Zealand. No release date has been set for the series' return, but we think it won't arrive until 2024.

For more content focused on Amazon's Lord of the Rings prequel series, read our explained article on the Rings of Power season 1 finale. Otherwise, find out when a Rings of Power star found out he was playing Sauron and why the cast delayed The Stranger's big reveal until the last few months.

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