Let’s try something a little different!
Last month it was reported that Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series may spend the first season focusing on the adventures of a young Aragorn as he journey’s through Middle Earth to avoid the gaze of Sauron.
With that in mind I thought it would be fun to take a look at casting some characters who may appear in said series, with a particular focus on new characters rather than re-casting younger versions of characters whom we know and love from both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
So let’s get started, and if you have any of your own fan-casting ideas please let us know in a comment below or by tagging us on Twitter with the #LOTRFanCast.
Elladan and Elrohir – Tom Hiddleston
Why not start off big eh? And what’s better than one Tom Hiddleston? Two!
Whilst Hiddleston has taken the mainstream world by storm over the past few years thanks to his portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he has already proved that he’s not afraid to take on TV roles as shown by his role in The Night Manager. With the rumoured budget that this show has and the need to bring in viewers to the subscription service to appease Amazon executives getting a big name like Tom Hiddleston to sign on the dotted line would be a major coup.
I was at first going to put the Sprouse Twins down for these roles, but due to the ageing of elves I don’t think they look old enough yet. Combining that with the big name appeal of Hiddleston and I think we’re on to a winner.
Gilraen – Gemma Arterton
Without an official confirmation it’s pretty difficult to place the exact timeline of the show, so pegging down the age of Aragorn’s mother, Gilraen, was a tough task. So I punted for someone I feel could pull off both a young or older version of the character in Gemma Arterton.
She’s someone who has enough name recognition that she would be picked up on by a large number of viewers, but she’s not a large enough name that she would wipe the coffers clean. But more importantly than that she’s a very good actor who isn’t a stranger to appearing in TV shows.
King Thengel – Kenneth Branagh
Again we don’t know what the exact timeline is for the series, but we do know that Theoden talks about the time that Aragorn drew swords with his father Thengel and showing that on the TV screen would be an incredibly good way to add further context and meaning to the original trilogy.
Kenneth Branagh is a great actor and I think that he could fit the role of Theoden’s father incredibly well. Put a suit of armour on this man and tell me that he doesn’t fit the bill for a King of Rohan.
Young Aragorn – Andrew Lincoln
Again the timeline is causing us a bit of an issue here, combined with the fact that Aragorn as a character ages slower than the average person thanks to his Numenorean blood and we really need to find someone who at least looks like Viggo Mortensen. So I present you my choice of Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead. Take away the scraggy beard and weathered look that he has made famous on TWD and Lincoln actually has quite the baby face for a man of his age.
I doubt we’ll be following an actual child version of Aragorn, so perhaps opting for a casting choice for someone who could just about pass as an Aragorn who by Numenorean standards is only a few years younger than he was in the Fellowship of the Ring might not be a bad idea. Despite how many people will be annoyed that Viggo isn’t returning.
This is all helped by the recent reports that Lincoln will be leaving The Walking Dead in Season 9.
So what do you think? Do you like our choices for casting options in a Young Aragorn series? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter using #LOTRFanCast