Lord Of The RingsJohn Rhys-Davies is staying in the fantasy realm, joining the cast of Shannara, MTV’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama based on Terry Brooks’ book series. Written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, Shannara is set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world. The first season is based on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series.

Rhys-Davies, repped by Jeff Goldberg Management and Louisa Spring Management, 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. Rhys-Davies is best known for the role of dwarf Gimli in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones franchise. Rhys-Davies also recurs on Once Upon A Time. Shannara will begin filming in New Zealand next month.