After six successful and award-winning Peter Jackson films, viewers are set to have the chance to return to Middle-earth in the upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Amazon Prime Video.
The Lord of the Rings series is still a long way off, but we’re learning more and more about what to expect when it releases next year.
So read on for everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime Video. And if you don’t already have Amazon Prime Video, you can click the button below to sign up.
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What is The Lord of the Rings about?
The untitled The Lord of the Rings series is set in the legendary Second Age in Middle-earth history. This means that it takes place thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s best-known novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
According to Amazon, the series “will take viewers back to a time when great powers were forged, kingdoms became glory and fell into ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope lies only in the finest threads. and the greatest villain that ever existed. of Tolkien’s quill threatened to cover the whole world with darkness.
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As in previous releases, a cast of characters (some familiar) will work together to fight a growing evil. Places of history include the Misty Mountains, the elven capital of Lindon, and the island kingdom of Númenor.
While the first season wrapped up filming in New Zealand earlier this month, Amazon has revealed very little about the plot or the characters included in the series.
When and where can we watch it?
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The first episode will air on September 2, 2022, in just over a year.
We can probably expect a weekly episode rollout, similar to other Amazon Originals, but Amazon could go a different route by then.
No word on the launch of the next seasons.
Who is involved?
JD Payne and Patrick McKay are showrunners and executive producers. The choice of Payne and McKay has turned some heads. Prior to The Lord of the Rings series, the two have virtually no known movie or TV credits.
Their IMDB pages list the two screenwriters as uncredited writers on JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Beyond. But other than that, there is literally nothing there. Abrams would have been one of many industry figures to recommend the duo for the job.
Co-producer Helen Shang joins Payne and McKay for writing tasks. The directors are executive producer JA Bayona, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip and Charlotte Brändström.
The Lord of the Rings cast is huge, although Amazon has been stingy on character names. Robert Aramayo plays a young hero named Beldor. Morfydd Clark plays a young Galadriel. And Simon Merrells plays a character named “Trevyn”.
The confirmed actors are as follows:
- Robert aramayo
- Owain Arthur
- Nazanin Boniadi
- Morfydd Clark
- Ismael Cruz Cordova
- Ema horvath
- Markella Kavenagh
- Joseph Mawl
- Tyroe Muhafidin
- Sophie nomvete
- Megan Richards
- Dylan smith
- Charlie vickers
- Daniel Weyman
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson
- Maxime Baldry
- Ian blackburn
- Kip Chapman
- Anthony crum
- Maxine Cunliffe
- Trystan Gravelle
- Lenny henri
- Thusitha Jayasundera
- Fabien McCallum
- Simon merrell
- Geoff morrell
- Peter Mullan
- Lloyd Owen
- Auguste Prew
- Pierre Tait
- Alex tarrant
- Leon Wadham
- Benjamin walker
- Sara zwangobani
- Charles Edwards
- Will fletcher
- Amélie Enfant-Villiers
- Beau Cassidy
Will there be other seasons?
The current plan is for five seasons of The Lord of the Rings series. In total, it is estimated that the series will cost $ 1 billion to become the most expensive series ever produced.
Amazon has already officially ordered a second season. The second season will move production from New Zealand to the UK
Amazon Studios are looking to expand their productions in the UK, so it makes sense to have their main tentpole series based there. Still, it’s a strange and undoubtedly costly decision, though likely informed by some sort of long-term financial benefit.
As of yet, Amazon has not set a date to begin production for season two or publish it on its streaming site.
Is this part of the same series as the existing films?
It looks like The Lord of the Rings series will be a prequel to Tolkien’s novels rather than Peter Jackson’s films.
This makes sense as Jackson doesn’t appear to be involved in any way. However, it’s not 100% clear what deals Amazon could have made or would be willing to make to tie this series to existing films.
If they were related, it’s a safe bet that Amazon would have already talked about it. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were huge and they made money. This existing brand is probably the reason Amazon is pumping so much money into the new show. So while we can’t make any promises, don’t expect Elijah Wood or Ian McKellen to show up.
Amazon probably would have said something by now if the new series was tied to the Peter Jackson films.
Still, with the first season shot in New Zealand and an image of the first series looking very familiar, it probably won’t be hard to connect the dots if viewers want to think of The Lord of the Rings series as a prequel to not just the books but also to the established film franchise. It all happened thousands of years ago, after all. It might not be hot, but you do.
What to expect from The Lord of the Rings series
The Lord of the Rings series has been billed as the most expensive TV series ever made, so there is plenty to do.
In 2017, Amazon won a bidding war against Netflix for TV rights to Lord of the Rings. It cost the company $ 250 million, which would have already made it an incredibly expensive show. On top of that, the budget for season 1 was set at $ 465 million. That’s over $ 58 million per episode.
(The budget per episode for HBO’s final season of Game of Thrones was $ 15 million, if you want a point of comparison.)
With so much money, the show had better be good!
Despite various rumors over the years since its announcement, we have very little to do. The series is not about a young Aragorn like it was previously thought. Patton Oswalt will not be voicing a young Gollum. It won’t be a remake of the Peter Jackson trilogy. And it won’t be so much a prequel to existing films as it will be a new take on Tolkien’s work.
We know who’s in it and that it will likely be visually striking like its predecessors.
That’s all we know, plus some things we’d like to know, about The Lord of the Rings series on Amazon.