The adventure of Middle-earth is returning this time on the small screen and so are the Dwarfs, Elves, and the Orcs along with it. “Lord of the Rings” TV series, which was announced three years back by Amazon Studios, has finally revealed what the new Middle-earth show will be all about. The show has completed filming on the pilot and is beginning to shoot season 1&2 starting this month in New Zealand.
The upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at Amazons is written and executive produced by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Below is everything we know so far about the upcoming Middle-earth adventure.
“Lord of the Rings” Official Description and Plot:
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
The show’s official Twitter account had previously sent out an image of a map along with the two messages: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,” as well as “Welcome to the Second Age.” In the Tolkien mythology, the Second Age was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, came into existence.
“Lord of the Rings” Expected Release Date:
There is no confirmed release date for the series yet. The series started filming in January 2020 but was shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so, it has only been able to film the pilot so far. The show is all set to begin filming this month (Jan, 21) in New Zealand, and it will be shooting season 1&2 back to back.
Seeing the timeline of the filming and post-production during these COVID times, the show is very likely to arrive in the fall of 2022.
Will there be Dragons in the “Lord of the Rings” TV Series?
Amazon released a teaser map and crew video announcing the Second Age of Middle-earth, 1000s of years before the events of The Hobbit and LOTR. Numenor, heretofore unmentioned in film adaptations, might be a central location for the series.
When Bilbo was telling the story to the kids in the Fellowship of the ring, he mentioned the Existence of Dragons hundreds of years back. We all know that Bilbo fought with a Dragon named Smaug in The Hobbit stories and, he was considered to be the last of the Dragons. Considering the Bilbo story and Smaug, we might see a few dragons and Dragonriders in the series, which is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth.
“Lord of the Rings” Cast News:
The show has assembled a massive cast however, it is still unknown which characters they will be playing in the series.
The cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani. Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman
While announcing the cast, the showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said, “The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is epic, diverse, and filled with heart. These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multi-year search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew. The international cast of Amazon’s The ‘Lord of the Rings’ series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are thrilled to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.”
“Lord of the Rings” No. of Seasons and No. of Episodes in Each Season:
Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” is currently planned as a minimum 5-season series, with 8 to 10 episodes per season. The first season will have 8 episodes, and we might see 10-episodes per season from the second season onwards. J.A. Bayona was hired to direct the 2-part pilot and set the tone for the entire series to come. The pilot has completed filming and is currently in post-production.
Team Behind “Lord of the Rings” Series:
The show’s full creative team consist of: executive producers Lindsey Weber, Bruce Richmond, Callum Greene, and Amazon’s former head of genre programming Sharon Tal Yguado; writer and executive producer Gennifer Hutchison; writer and executive producer Jason Cahill; writer and executive producer Justin Doble; consulting producer Stephany Folsom; producer Ron Ames; writer and co-producer Helen Shang; and writing consultant Glenise Mullins. Bayona will also executive produce along with his partner Belén Atienza. Chris Newman serves as co-producer. J.A. Bayona is also set to direct multiple episodes.
The “Lord of the Rings” series is written and executive produced by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
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