Lenny Henry has joined the cast of Amazon's big-budget TV adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings.

The veteran comedian and actor, 62, features among a 20-strong list of cast members added to the project.

Production on the fantasy epic, which was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, is currently underway in New Zealand after resuming in autumn.

Henry joins previously announced names including Welsh stars Owain Arthur and Morfydd Clark and Iranian-British actress Nazanin Boniadi.

It has not been revealed what role he will play. 

Ozark and Westworld star Peter Mullan and Lloyd Owen from You, Me And The Apocalypse on Sky both feature.

Peter Tait, who played multiple minor roles in Peter Jackson's third and final The Lord Of The Rings film The Return Of The King, has also been cast.

Showrunners and executive producers JD Payne and Patrick McKay said: "The world that JRR Tolkien created is epic, diverse, and filled with heart.

"These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multi-year search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew."

The series will be set in the Second Age and explore the events before Jackson's film trilogy, which are based on JRR Tolkien's books.

The Second Age covers a time period of 3,441 years and according to Tolkien's books, it was during this time that the Ring Of Power was created.

The era finishes with the defeat of Sauron, placing the events of Amazon's series well before the events of Jackson's films. 

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