cast-bennettThe Hollywood Reporter has reported the actor who has been cast as the enigmatic Druid Allanon!

And I have to say, Manu Bennett certainly looks the part! He should be no stranger to genre fans. He is Azog the Defiler in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy of movies. And he is Deathstroke in the lauded Arrow TV show.

Here is an excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter:

Shannara takes place in a world set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it. The 10-episode adaptation of Terry Brooks’ book series follows the Shannara family, who are able to tap into ancient magic and whose adventures help reshape the world’s future. Season one is based on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second title in Brooks’ series

Bennett will play Allanon, a druid who is the last of his kind in the world of Shannara. He is described as a wise, perceptive and serious man who knows something incredibly important has begun when the wise tree Ellcrys starts to die. He enlists Wil (Austin Butler) to fulfill his destiny and save the four lands.

Bennett has found success with action-heavy, alpha-male roles of late, and Allanon definitely fits that mold. Bennett can be seen on the big screen in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, in which he plays the menacing orc king Azog. He is also known for playing the deadly villain Deathstroke in The CW’s Arrow and the powerful gladiator Crixus on Starz’ Spartacus.

To read the entire article, click HERE! The Druid has left Paranor.

And we all are very excited about this!

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Written by Shawn Speakman
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