cast-rhys-daviesShannara has found its Elven king!

John Rhys-Davies has been cast as King Eventine Elessedil, one of the most important characters in The Elfstones of Shannara. You have certainly seen the actor’s work before. Rhys-Davies is best known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, as well as playing Gimli in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Click HERE to read what The Hollywood Reporter has to say:

MTV’s Shannara adaptation has found its king.

Rhys-Davies will play King Eventine, Amberle’s (Poppy Drayton) grandfather, who has ruled the Elvin kingdom of Arborlon for decades, flanked by his sons Arion and Ander. Eventine has done questionable things to keep the Four Lands at peace, but when his beloved granddaughter is chosen to fulfill a dangerous destiny, his path is changed as well.

I am super excited about this. There is an interesting irony at play. Rhys-Davies has played a Dwarf. And now, more than ten years later, he will be playing an Elf King. I think he brings a gravitas to the role that is important for a king and even more so for Eventine.

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