Do you know Will Poulter? Maybe you’ve heard his name, but that’s the issue: He isn’t that well-known. He hasn’t reached the astronomic level of fame of guys like Tom Holland and Chris Hemsworth.
But times are changing and the 26-year-old is about to shake the industry. He’s demonstrated his acting prowess many times before — but his upcoming role in this show is about to turn more heads than ever.
A Solid Start in the Film Industry
Poulter has had roles in both television and movies since 2007. In that year, he was Lee Carter in Son of Rambow and was part of two episodes of Comedy: Shuffle.
In 2010, he got one of his biggest breaks: He was cast as Eustace Scrubb in the movie adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It wasn’t the main role but it was a huge film.
Fast forward to 2013 and he served as Kenny Miller in the box office hit We’re the Millers. The movie earned well over $250 million and revealed Poulter’s capacity for comedic timing.
Perhaps the role that most people remember him from is as Gally in The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Death Cure. These films weren’t critical darlings but they had a massive fanbase due to the novels.
A Knack for Sci-Fi and Horror
At this point, it seemed Will Poulter knew what to do when it came to science fiction and horror. Who could forget when Netflix released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and got everyone making choices?
This was a revolutionary form of viewing that improved how audiences could engage with the content. And so millions spent the holiday season viewing multiple endings and seeing Poulter as Colin Ritman.
Earlier in 2019, the English actor landed a role in Ari Astor’s sophomore film Midsommar. Here, he once again showed that he can make people laugh — even in a folk horror masterpiece filled with screaming.
Time to Enter Middle-Earth
Things are going well for Will Poulter, but the recent announcement revealed that he has yet to reach peak popularity. So where is he going? We’ve got four simple yet iconic words for you: Lord of the Rings.
We’re all familiar with the modern classic that is Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of the acclaimed J. R. R. Tolkien novel. But Amazon has its streaming platform and it needs to get more subscribers.
And what better way to do this than pay hundreds of millions of dollars to produce epic fantasy series? Amazon spent nearly $250 million for the rights to produce the show, which is not a direct adaptation.
Instead, the series will introduce new stories that go beyond what we know from Jackson’s film trilogy. If Will Poulter wanted to be a household name, this was his chance — and he took it.
We still don’t know who he’ll be in the Lord of the Rings series. But the fact is that he has a leading role in one of the biggest franchises ever. Millions of people will watch him each episode and know his name.