Check out the teaser for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is almost upon us, with the episode one of eight streaming on Prime Video starting September 2.
In November 2017, Amazon signed a £180m deal with the Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema to bring Middle Earth to the small screen. In total, Amazon’s investment in the project will amount to a mammoth $1 billion, securing two seasons at a cost of nearly $500 million each.
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But The Rings of Power it won’t be the Middle Earth we know and love from Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of Tolkien’s trilogy, nor from its later nine-hour version The Hobbit.
The Rings of Power It will take place thousands of years before Bilbo Baggins leaves the Shire on his unexpected journey with a gang of dwarves, and while there will be some familiar names, the show will delve into Tolkien’s mythic lore.
The series will be based primarily on the appendices that Tolkien wrote about The Lord of the Rings which greatly expanded upon the mythology and fictional history of the series with the rights to the books and most of the characters holding different parts. The Tolkien Estate also has control over the creative ideas to ensure that the series does not deviate significantly from what the author originally wrote.
The show is run by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who have been working as a writing partnership since high school. The duo are best known for their uncredited work Star Trek: Beyond and it was reported that JJ Abrams recommended the pair to Amazon for the series.
Spanish director JA Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, A monster calls) will direct the first two episodes.
Read on for everything you need to know The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power release date
Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that its first two episodes The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be released on the streaming service on Friday, September 2, 2022. However, not all episodes will be available to watch at once.
After the premiere, episodes will be released weekly on Prime Video, which will be the only place to watch the show.
Read more: ‘Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’ trailer.
Coincidentally, September 2nd is also Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays.
Production on the hugely expensive show began in pre-pandemic times in February 2020 in New Zealand, but wrapped up in August the following year after Covid-19 shut down workplaces worldwide.
The second season will be shot in the UK and is expected to begin filming soon.
The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Ring mold
Like previous journeys to Middle Earth, The Power of the Ring will feature a huge ensemble cast. It stars Robert Aramaio who will play a younger version of Elrond who fans will remember played by Hugo Weaving in Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
Aramayo is best known for his role as a young Ned Stark Game of Thrones and to star on Netflix Behind her eyes.
Maxim Baldry will also star as Isildur who Tolkien fans know is the one who originally took the One Ring from Sauron.
Swedish Welsh actor Morfydd Clark will play Galadriel who was famously played by Cate Blanchett in the film series.
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Perhaps the most notable name among the cast is Sir Lenny Henry. The actor and comedian will play Sadoc Burrows, who is Harfoot – a precursor to the Hobbit.
Other actors rounding out the main cast are Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Markella Kavenagh, Simon Merrells, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Charlie Vickers, Benjamin Walker and Daniel Weyman.
Will Poulter was originally cast as Elrond before scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out and be replaced with Aramayo.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power plot
Amazon said the show will take place 3,441 years before its events The Fellowship of the Ring. This is better known as the Second Age.
The Rings of Power The synopsis reads: “Amazon Studios’ upcoming series brings to the screens for the first time the heroic legends of the legendary Second Age of Middle-earth history.
“This epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsand will transport viewers back to a time where great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and were destroyed, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the thinnest of threads, and the greatest villain to ever flow from Tolkien’s pen threatened to engulf the entire world. in the dark.
“Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-awaited re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth.
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“From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the enchanting forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the fascinating island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live long. after they leave.”
Therefore, apart from some of the Elves characters, don’t expect anyone else Lord of the Rings favorites to appear on the show.
The show’s creators have already confirmed that Sauron will not appear in the first season, but the character is expected to appear later in the five-season series.
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A teaser trailer for the show was released on February 13 and originally premiered during Super Bowl LVI.
Amazon reported that the trailer received 257 million views in 24 hours, a record for any Super Bowl ad.
You can watch the trailer above.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power airs on Prime Video from September 2. Watch the trailer below.a