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'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Cuts Tom Budge - Read His Explanation of What Happened

Amazon is working on turning the epic book series The Lord of the Rings into a television series and a previously announced cast member just revealed he has been cut from the show.

Tom Budge was among the many actors announced to be in the show back in January 2020, but he says he has departed the series due to creative reasons.

“Hello loves, It is with great sadness that I am writing to tell you I have departed Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings television series. After recently seeing the first episodes shot over the last year Amazon has decided to go in another direction with the character I was portraying,” Tom wrote on Instagram.

He continued, “I must thank the creative team for their encouragement towards trying something that I believed was new, exciting and beautiful. And I sincerely thank the extraordinary cast and crew for their love, support and friendship over what has been a very difficult and unusual experience. Alas, some things just cannot be. Destiny my mother, I thank thee.”

The upcoming series is going to take place hundreds of years before the events in the Peter Jackson film series, so it’s unknown who Tom was going to be playing.

An official synopsis for the upcoming series was released a couple months ago.

'Lord of the Rings' Amazon Series: Full Cast Revealed

Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings series has set its main cast!

Robert Aramayo, Nazanin Boniadi, and Owain Arthur will all be starring in the new show, Variety reports.

Rounding out the cast are Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, and Charlie Vickers. J.A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes.

“After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series,” said showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. “These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors: they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide.”

Production will begin in February.

Not much is known about the plot of the Lord of the Rings series except that it will look into new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The show’s official Twitter account posted a map along with the messages: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie” and “Welcome to the Second Age.”

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