THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER - Nazanin Boniadi Will Not Return As Bronwyn For Season 2

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER - Nazanin Boniadi Will Not Return As Bronwyn For Season 2

Prime Video's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will move forward without one of season 1's principal characters, as Nazanin Boniadi steps away from the role of Bronwyn...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 01, 2024 02:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Lord of the Rings
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Prime Video recently released the first trailer for the second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, giving us a glimpse of several new and returning characters who will be back to continue the battle to project Middle-earth from Sauron and his forces this August.

One familiar face was significant by her absence, however, and we now know why.

EW reports that Nazanin Boniadi, who played the human healer Bronwyn in season 1, will not reprise the role. The site claims that her reason for leaving the show is due to her decision to take a break from acting in 2022 to focus her attention on a real-world crisis that developed in her home country of Iran.

"I stepped away from acting in September 2022, to focus solely on the #WomanLifeFreedom uprising in Iran and to advocate for the people of my homeland who have been risking everything for freedom," Boniadi wrote on Instagram earlier this month. "Despite my passion for acting, I knew it would take a very special project to convince me to once again split my time between my day job and my calling as an activist."

However, Boniadi has since denied this report, stating that her reason for stepping away from The Rings of Power has nothing to do with her advocacy and political work.

Why she did choose not to return is unclear, but Boniadi is not the first cast member to leave the series. Joseph Mawle parted ways with the show last year, but his character, Orc leader Adar, will now be played by Sam Hazeldine.

It doesn't sound like Bronwyn is going to be recast, so there's a chance she will be killed off (she did suffer a near-fatal wound in the season 1 finale) before the events of season 2.

"Sauron has returned. Cast out by Galadriel, without army or ally, the rising Dark Lord must now rely on his own cunning to rebuild his strength and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power, which will allow him to bind all the peoples of Middle-earth to his sinister will."

"Building on Season 1’s epic scope and ambition, Season 2 of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power plunges even its most beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness, challenging each to find their place in a world that is increasingly on the brink of calamity."

"Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots... as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all.. each other."

Returning cast members include Morfydd Clark, Benjamin Walker, Charles Edwards, Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Tyroe Muhafidin, Maxim Baldry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Owain Arthur, Trystan Gravelle, Ema Horvath, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Leon Wadham, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders) replaces Joseph Mawle as Adar, with Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), and Tanya Moodie (The Man Who Fell to Earth) joining the ensemble in key roles.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 returns to Prime Video on August 29.



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harryba11zack - 6/1/2024, 2:03 PM
HashTagSwagg - 6/1/2024, 2:10 PM
@harryba11zack - The corpse you see burning in that recent trailer I guess.
bobevanz - 6/1/2024, 5:51 PM
HashTagSwagg - 6/1/2024, 6:57 PM
@bobevanz -
harryba11zack - 6/1/2024, 7:01 PM
@bobevanz -
TK420 - 6/1/2024, 2:06 PM
We're all devastated by this news, I'm sure...
MarkCassidy - 6/1/2024, 2:34 PM
@TK420 - I am... She was hot 😂
Malatrova15 - 6/1/2024, 2:14 PM
Oh snap! She was my favorite minority check extra
DocSpock - 6/1/2024, 2:33 PM
@Malatrova15 -

LOL! Well said! And so funny to hear you say that.
Cleander - 6/1/2024, 2:19 PM
promoting separatism is activitism lol!
Kadara - 6/1/2024, 6:47 PM
@Cleander -'s ok when it's done outside of the US 😏
mpk1988 - 6/2/2024, 2:58 AM
@Cleander - Because the iranian regime are saints - one of the most brutal islamofascist regimes on the planet
Origame - 6/1/2024, 2:20 PM
Oh booo hooo. Let me play a sad song for you on the world's smallest violin!
SauronthePower - 6/1/2024, 5:13 PM
@Origame - while I completely agree w the sentiment in terms of what the Amazon clown car did to Tolkien’s mythos, the actress herself was not terrible (actually she seemed to be one of the few actually trying to salvage this swiss cheese attempt at the legendarium).

Show had probably 6-8 quality players (Sauron, Durin, Fake-Elendil, Barandir (or whatever his name was), Elrond and this chick) and absolutely tremendous visuals but, damn what a mess of world-building plot manure
DocSpock - 6/1/2024, 5:29 PM
@SauronthePower -

So sad that this is exactly true.
dagenspear - 6/1/2024, 6:02 PM
@Origame - What does this have to do with this?
Origame - 6/1/2024, 6:33 PM
@SauronthePower - I was more so using this as like not caring about the state of the show.
Origame - 6/1/2024, 6:38 PM
@dagenspear -'s pretty obvious. You can use your brain to figure it out. Everyone else did.
dagenspear - 6/1/2024, 9:03 PM
@Origame - No. You took an article where it's suggested an actress didn't return because of her own interests in activism, which was then clarified that that wasn't the reason, and invented an issue to make a thing out of.
Origame - 6/2/2024, 7:20 AM
@dagenspear - you took a lot from a SpongeBob meme 🤣
TheVisionary25 - 6/1/2024, 2:23 PM
That’s unfortunate but it’s not a big deal since if I remember correctly , she was going to lead her remaining people to a different place in order to establish a new home so that’s a good way to write her out of the story.

Plus she hasn’t said that she’s not open to reprising the role in the future so we could see her again if this gets more seasons.

Anyway , I thought the character and her burgeoning romance with Arondir was fine (both had their moments) but it wasn’t one of my favorite parts of S1 so I’m cool with this.

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Anyway as someone who found S1 enjoyable overall , I am looking forward to S2!!.
DocSpock - 6/1/2024, 2:37 PM

Maybe she watched season one and realized what a sh!tty agenda driven bastardization of some of the greatest fiction ever written this was and just quit in shame.

SauronthePower - 6/1/2024, 5:16 PM
@DocSpock - this season is the lynchpin

If they cannot, or outright refuse to, retcon some of the dumber box-checking bastardizations of the source material (let’s start w an easy one in terms of the short-haired elves and drunken, sullen, aloof Gil-galad) then this will be the most comical $300,000,000 bust investment in entertainment history
DocSpock - 6/1/2024, 5:27 PM
@SauronthePower -

Even if it had been good, they ridiculously overspent on this.

I know I’ll probably never see it in this lifetime, but call my dead ghost when they get around to doing the Silmarillion.
dagenspear - 6/1/2024, 6:02 PM
@SauronthePower - none of that has to do with box checking.
SauronthePower - 6/2/2024, 12:20 AM
@dagenspear - um, ok

We’re both talking about Amazon’s ‘Rings of Power’ here, correct?
dagenspear - 6/2/2024, 3:38 AM
@SauronthePower - Yes. And I'm pretty sure aloof Gil Galad and short haired elves have very little to do with that, if at all.
JayTwelve - 6/2/2024, 4:12 PM
@DocSpock - Christ almighty. Touch grass, rage-baby freakshow.
SauronthePower - 6/4/2024, 2:22 AM
@dagenspear - complete bastardization of Tolkien’s source mythos that suspiciously parallels a lot of inclusion checking led by the infamous commentary of one previously unheard of proto-cultural influencer Marianna Maldanado that Tolkien was unenlightened to the demographic nuances of the world
dagenspear - 6/4/2024, 3:25 AM
@JayTwelve - LORD willing, insulting isn't right.
campblood - 6/1/2024, 2:40 PM
Bummer, she was my crush on that show. She’s very beautiful which a great smile
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