Mawle may be most recognizable to genre fans as Benjen Stark from Game of Thrones, a character important to the mythology of the show but not such a prominent onscreen figure. He also played Jesus in HBO/BBC’s 2008 mini-series The Passion, and recently starred as Odysseus in BBC One’s Troy: Fall of a City.
Though The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the casting, who or what Mawle’s character, Oren, exactly is hasn’t been revealed. All that’s known as of now is he’ll be the antagonist of the pre-Fellowship of the Rings-era series. He joins a cast that includes relative newcomer Markella Kavenagh as Tyra, Midsommar star Will Poulter, and Years and Years actor Maxim Baldry.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4) are running the show, while Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona is on board to helm the first two episodes. The writers’ room includes seats for Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos), and Justin Doble (Stranger Things), who all also serve as executive producers alongside Lindsey Weber, Gene Kelly, Bruce Richmond, and Amazon’s former head of genre Sharon Tal Yguado.