When a huge project is ahead, may it be series or movies, it is expected that there would be a lot of secrets going on to avoid leaks. However, for The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, the production went to extreme lengths, but actor Ismael Cruz Cordóva reveals they still failed at it.
It's no surprise that The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power would go to extreme lengths when it comes to keeping secrets to avoid the leaks for the upcoming Amazon Prime series, however, it wasn't as effective as they expected it to be.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Ismael Cruz Cordóva who plays Arondir, a newly-introduced elf in The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, the actor revealed that from the audition, they were kept in the dark. That's how secretive the production was.
Ismael Cruz Cordóva even shared that he didn't know what role he was auditioning for, and there was just a description of it being an "Aragorn-type man." After being rejected, he tried again but when he got cast, he said it was even in a "secret code" email.
Cordóva, however, learned his role when he arrived in New Zealand, “They flew me out to New Zealand, and the night before my final read, they told me, ‘Actually, you’re playing an elf. It started to make sense because I was like, ‘Why does this man love trees so much?’”
That was when Cordóva and his childhood dream sparked and reignited, “I didn’t see myself represented. And when I said, ‘I want to be an elf,’ people said, ‘Elves don’t look like you. When I heard about the character on the show, it felt like a mission.”
Morfydd Clark added in the same interview, “Lots of people guessed. Because when you’re moving to New Zealand, and your phone dial is suddenly different …”
That was when people close to the cast knew and the news on it, of course, spread like wildfire. Truly, some secrets can never be kept too long.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will follow Sauron during the Second Age of Middle Earth where he was sought to corrupt the Elves by pretending to be the Lord of Gifts, Annatar, and he instructs particular Elven smiths to craft Rings, forging nineteen.
One Ring was made in secrecy as Sauron went to Mount Doom and he wanted to bind the elves. Those who has the Three felt it when Sauron wore it and they hid theirs, causing a search that would lead to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power proudly banners a star-studded set of cast with Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Sir Lenny Henry, Owain Artur, Maxim Baldry, Robert Amarayo, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Nazanin Boniadi, and Morfydd Clark.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power cast also includes Trystan Gravelle, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Sara Zwangobani, Benjamin Walker, and Daniel Weyman.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.