Joseph Mawle Joins “Lord of the Rings” Series

Amazon’s highly anticipated Lord of the Rings series adds to its cast. 

Joseph Mawle has been cast as the scripted series’ main villain named Oren. He joins previously announced Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh. 

The series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels is set in Middle-Earth’s Second Age, before the events of the author’s celebrated trilogy — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

J.A. Bayona will direct from writers Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things). They all also serve as executive producers alongside Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Gene Kelly, and Sharon Tal Yguado.

Mawle is best known for portraying Benjen Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. His other TV credits include Troy: Fall of a City, Ripper Street, The Tunnel, and MotherFatherSon.

Deadline was first to report the casting.