While all eyes are on the upcoming big-budget live-action prequel The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we also have a new animated film on the horizon. The War of the Rohirrim promises to tell the story of what happened to the House of Helm Hammerhand, which was part of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s appendix. They have now announced the voice cast for the series. The big surprise is the return of Miranda Otto, who played Eowyn in the original films by Peter Jackson.
She’ll be joined by Succession‘s Brian Cox, who’ll play King of Rohan alongside Gaia Wise (A Walk in the Woods), who’ll play Hammerhand’s daughter Hero. The ruthless Dunlending lord, Wulf, will be voiced by Snowpiercer‘s Luke Pasqualino. The story will take place before the events of the original novels as we learn the story of the fortress Hornburg, one that would eventually be known as Helm’s Deep.
The voice cast is also joined by Lorraine Ashbourne, Yazdan Qafouri, Benjamin Wainwright, Laurence Ubong Williams, Shaun Dooley, Michael Wildman, Bilal Hasna, Janine Duvitski, and Jude Akuwedike. So, the film by director Keni Kamiyama has quite an impressive voice cast and will be the first anime adaptation of the franchise. Philippa Boyens, who was part of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit‘s screenwriting team, is attached to produce alongside Joseph Chou of Blade Runner: Black Lotus fame.