Dominic Monaghan Says ‘Moonhaven’s Appeal Is Its Blooming Vision of the Future

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Some actors are lucky enough to be cast in a single movie or TV series. Others are lucky enough to be cast in a show or movie that is well regarded. But it’s rare for actors to be part of a series or film that becomes a cultural touchstone. And then there’s Dominic Monaghan, who has been in a number of iconic movies and series.

You probably know him best as Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also played Charles Pace on the show Lost and was in films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

His latest project is the new AMC Plus series Moonhaven, which takes place 100 years in the future in a utopian colony on a moon. He plays Paul Serno, a detective who rarely gets work because the colony is peaceful, until it isn’t.

“These people have created a kind of Eden like heaven. For two or three generations there is no crime, everyone comes together as a community and helps each other,” Monaghan said in Podcast I’m so obsessed with CNET. “When we meet the protagonist, they have for the first time to explore some terrible crimes that haven’t taken place on the moon in a long, long time.”

Monaghan shared that it was Moonhaven’s optimistic representation of the future that initially attracted him to the show.

“I like this idea that the future is better,” Monaghan said. “I probably live my life that way. I wake up most mornings and think that my days are getting better and that I’m moving towards a better future for myself personally and for the planet.”

Moonhaven airs exclusively on AMC Plus with new episodes coming out on Thursdays. You can listen to my entire interview with Monaghan in the podcast player above. He talks about playing Professor James Moriarty in a reimagined Sherlock Holmes series on Audible called Moriarty: The Devils Game. And he helps us create a menu for a Lord of the Rings themed party. Tip: involves a lot of pork.

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