Watch the teaser for The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power
The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power is upon us, with episode one of eight streaming on Prime Video from September 2nd.
In November 2017, Amazon signed a £ 180 million deal with Tolkien Estate, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema to bring Middle-earth to the small screen. In total, Amazon’s investment in the project would amount to a whopping $ 1 billion, guaranteeing two seasons at a cost of nearly $ 500 million each.
Read more: How far did Frodo walk in The Lord of the Rings?
But The rings of power will not be the Middle-earth we know and love from Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of the Tolkien trilogy nor his subsequent nine-hour long version of The Hobbit.
The rings of power it will be set thousands of years before Bilbo Baggins left the Shire on his unexpected journey with a band of dwarves and while there will be a couple of familiar names, the show will delve into Tolkien’s mythical lore.
The series will be based primarily on the appendices Tolkien wrote for The Lord of the Rings which greatly expanded the series’ mythology and fictional story with the rights to the books and most of the characters held by different parties. The Tolkien Estate also has control over the creative concepts to ensure that the series does not deviate significantly from what the author originally wrote.
The show’s managers are JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who have worked as a writing couple since high school. The two are best known for their uncredited work Star Trek: Beyond and it is reported that JJ Abrams has recommended the couple 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 confirmed that the first two episodes of 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 for viewing at the same time.
After the premiere, the episodes will then be released weekly on Prime Video, which will be the only place to watch the show.
Read more: The trailer for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”.
Coincidentally, September 2 is also Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday.
Production of the hugely expensive show began pre-pandemic times in February 2020 in New Zealand, but didn’t finish until August the following year after Covid-19 closed workplaces around the world.
The second season will shoot in the UK and filming is expected to begin soon.
The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Ring launch
Just like previous trips to Middle-earth, The power of the ring will feature a large ensemble cast. Heading up is Robert Aramayo who will play a younger version of Elrond that fans will remember was played by Hugo Weaving in the Peter Jackson trilogy.
Aramayo is best known for his role as young Ned Stark in game of Thrones and for starring in Netflix Behind his eyes.
Maxim Baldry will also play Isildur whom Tolkien fans know is the one who originally took the One Ring from Sauron.
Swedish-born Welsh actor Morfydd Clark will play Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett in the film series.
Read more: The Lord of the Rings at 20: the stars who almost had parts in Middle-earth
Perhaps the most important name of the cast is Sir Lenny Henry. The actor and comedian will play Sadoc Burrows, who is a Harfoot, a precursor to the Hobbits.
The other actors who complete 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 to play Elrond before programming conflicts forced him to drop out of school and be replaced with Aramayo.
The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power plot
Amazon said the show will be set in the 3,441-year period prior to the events of Fellowship of the Ring. This is more commonly known as the Second Era.
The rings of power The synopsis reads: “The next series from Amazon Studios brings the heroic legends of the legendary Second Era of Middle-earth history to the screens for the first time ever.
“This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien The Hobbit And The Lord of the Ringsand will take viewers back to an era where great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell into ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the thinnest threads, and the greatest villain to ever come out of the pen of Tolkien threatened to cover the whole world in darkness.
“Beginning with a period of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the much feared resurgence of evil in Middle-earth.
Read more: Peter Jackson reveals his favorite scene from the “Lord of the Rings” movies.
“From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the far reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters carve out legacies that will live on long after they are gone. “.
As such, beyond some of the Elven characters, expect no one else Lord of the Rings favorites to appear in 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 seasons.
The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power trailer
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 commercial.
You can watch the trailer above.
The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power is streaming on Prime Video since September 2nd. Watch the trailer below