Agreed. When we reach the end of the First Age, Elrond and Elros are in their fifties for Elves, where they would have completed puberty but not considered full grown for another fifty years. We’ll need another actor (or two if we use twins) to portray Elrond and Elros.There are a lot of examples of actors who played their own identical twin. Jeremy Irons, Nicolas Cage, Bette Davis, Christian Bale, Edward Norton, Armie Hammer... https://geektyrant.com/news/25-actors-who-played-their-own-twin-ergt
That's not a problem, I've done it myself, on stage. But we do have to find a way to deal with the issue that concerns the Frame time and the earlier times. Maybe we have to cast a couple of younger twins for young Elrond and Elros.
On dates for Elrond and Elros: they are born in 532 F.A., and the Third Kinslaying occurs in 538 when they are six. The War of Wrath takes place from 545 F.A. to 587 F.A., and the Host of Valinor departs Middle-Earth in 590 F.A.. Elrond and Elros are given the choice to be Elf or Man after the War of Wrath, which would make them 55-58 in Earth years. Perhaps we have them mature at 20 and keep them at that age or use the same actors until that time.Elrond and Elros are half-elven, and thus mature at the mortal rate (ie, adults by their twenties). However, the timeline at the end of the First Age is a bit murky, so we will have some decisions to make about when they're born and when the War of Wrath happens.
It is quite possible we'll want 'young' Elrond and Elros for that Season, before switching to the adult actors in the Second Age.
So, to get back to this discussion. Let's take a look at this season's work and where we are in that process. We're almost done with the outlines. Do we have enough information to suggest which characters will be prominent, and which of those that will need casting this season? Do the outlines tell us that, or will the work on the specific episodes reveal new ones?The Execs are not going to post here on the forums. They will mostly confine their comments to the podcasts (though you can likely catch Corey Olsen in other venues, sharing Tolkien-related thoughts, with some overlap).
I do not feel the need to recast an actor who has died, but if the character appears in later seasons and someone would like to recast that particular actor/actress, we could do so. I think it's a case-by-case call.
I agree that 'disallowing' nominations that don't meet basic criteria involves some judgement calls and oversight that I'm not entirely sure we want to take on. Up until now, I have done most of the moderating of nominations, but that has simply consisted of preventing anyone from posting comments in nominations threads, or occasionally adding more data (such as links to imdb, age, or height) to a nomination that was lacking those details. I know that Haakon has also helped out with making sure there were not too many images posted in the nominations threads. I have NOT done any value judgement, and have allowed ANY nomination that met the basic criteria:
1) living actor
2) has an imdb page
3) not previously cast in this project
I think that, if we do have a 'casting sheet' that is Exec approved, we can have age and height restrictions, or special skills that a character must have (singing, dancing, fighting, etc). We can allow the Execs to make suggestions that aren't hard and fast rules, as well, and then see where the chips fall.
The easiest way to handle a nomination that does not meet the requirements on the casting sheet would be to then raise the point in the discussion forum, and, if need be, remove that nomination prior to voting. There have been several nominees that were *accidentally* left off the voting in prior seasons, but we've never excluded a nominee on purpose. I really hesitate to do that, but it could perhaps be grounds for discussion and someone voluntarily withdrawing a nominee if that person does not match the requirements in some way. Again, let's see if we can get the Execs to formalize their opinions prior to nominating and voting, and then go from there.