Lord Of The Rings is an upcoming television series from the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth before the events of the Lord of the Rings novel and films. Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, have produced it. Payne and McKay will be serving as showrunners.
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings is all packed with well-known stars along with some unseen new talents. Want to know more about the series? We’ve got you!
The series will cost the streaming service about upwards of $1billion, and will dive into an earlier period in J.R.R Tolkein’s monumentally large universe.
Many are speculating that the series will be the best fantasy show in TV since Game of Thrones. Recent reports state that the Lord of The Rings could be following the lead of the HBO juggernaut in numerous unexpected ways.
Steamy Scenes To Expect:
Recently, a casting call reached out which asked for actors who were comfortable with nudity. It is evident that, like GoT, we might witness some sizzling scenes in the series, something which is quite uncommon in Middle-Earth.
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series will revolve around the history of the One Ring, before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy.
The series will deal with characters present in Tolkien’s extensive notes and writings about Middle-Earth, and Orlando Bloom, who played Legolas in the previous trilogy, has told Collider that something different is on the way adding, “I think that’s a good thing.”
However, the zeal might seem to be lost as co-star Hugo Weaving pulled out from the series. He recently said that he’s “not interested” in playing the character of Elrond.
One thing that has remained intact is Middle-Earth’s home in New Zealand. The crew have come back to the island nation, which is something to be glad about given its low count of covid cases.
This would prevent delay in The Lord of the Rings from hold-ups like many other major projects in the queue right now.
Lord of the Rings : Release Date
The Lord of the Rings TV series has not presently issued a release date. But, facts say that it might arrive in 2021.
Production on the series resumed in 2020 – and even after a delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak, shooting is on it’s track now.
Also, Amazon has mentioned that shooting will halt for four or five months after the completion of first two episodes to see what’s working.
How many seasons of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will there be?
When Amazon gained the rights to Lord of the Rings, they promised a multi-season commitment . It also counts a potential spin-off series.
Nonetheless, each season must have formal approval to continue with the Amazon execs, as the series is an utter commercial disaster.
The company seems confident that isn’t gonna happen. They have confirmed a second season already even when the first season has just started filming.
Cast of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings:
Bandersnatch star Will Poulter was about to play lead character Beldor. However, in December it came into news that Poulter had to forcefully backout due to a scheduling conflict. Robert Aramayo – who played young Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, then replaced him.
Meanwhile Years and Years star Maxim Baldry has also earned “a significant role” .
Joseph Mawle – popular among fantasy fans for his turn as Benjen Stark on GoT has also taken up a role. The star will apparently act as the antagonist in the series.
Amazon listed the full main cast in January 2020, with a bunch of new names. We will get to see a lot of familiar faces and relative newcomers in the project.
Welsh actor Owain Arthur has also joined the cast. This is the most high-profile show he is in after Babylon, Casualty and A Confession.
Royal elf Galadriel was in the film series and will now also act in the Tv series.
Meanwhile, Ismael Cruz Córdova (Ray Donovan) is also in for a role in the series.
Other actors participating in the project include, Tom Budge, Markella Kevanagh, Ema Horvath, Nazanin Boniadi , Megan Richards , Dylan Smith , Charlie Vickers , Daniel Weyman and screen newcomers Tyroe Muhafidin and Sophia Nomvete.
Given that the series includes an intimacy co-ordinator amongst its crew, this has led to some postulation that the series will include some sex scenes. It is something which may come as a surprise to fans of Tolkien’s work.
Will Peter Jackson be a part of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings?
The Oscar-winning director has declared he won’t be in any behind-the-scenes on the new series.
20 New Actors Onboard:
The fellowship of Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings series has inflated with the addition of twenty new actors to it.
The new cast includes seven natives of New Zealand, where the series will film: Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, and Leon Wadham. Amazon has hired some of them from the other parts of the world Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani.
The series already stars a clan of other actors, such as Game of Thrones alumni Robert Aramayo and Joseph Mawle, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark.
Despite the obvious working title, The Lord of the Rings appears to be focusing on the Second Age of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, an old adaptation of his classic trilogy. As in details of his posthumous work The Silmarillion, the Rings of Power developed in the Second Age. This was when Sauron was not just an incorporeal magic eye and Aragorn’s ancestors gained power. Isildur’s victory over Sauron, shown in the movies’ opening flashback, brought Second Age to an end.
For now, there are no details as to which characters this incredible clan of actors will be portraying at this time. Though.the series has the potential to expand long timespans and deal with a group of cultures from Tolkien’s world. The casting walks on the footprints of Amazon’s other epic fantasy series in production, The Wheel of Time, which also appointed relatively unseen or upcoming actors.
‘The International Cast is More Than Just An Ensemble’
“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” Executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said.
J.A. Bayona will direct the series with Bryan Cogman, known for Game of Thrones alongside as a consulting producer. Production was halted before the pandemic and started again in September, with the series likely planned to hit screens in 2021.