The Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime: release date, story, actors, trailer… everything we know

Amazon has secured the rights to produce a Lord of the Rings TV series for its subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Release date, direction, script, actors, characters: here’s everything we know about the highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Amazon is gradually increasing public enthusiasm for its series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. While the series is expected in September, the company decided to bombard fans with images, to make them wait.

Where to watch Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power trailer?

Not one trailer, but many! After a first trailer on July 14, on July 22 Amazon uploaded more than three minutes of new images. In particular a mysterious character is put forward: is this Sauron?

As for the previous sequence, which lasted a minute, it focused on the fall of what appeared to be a meteorite. It crossed a wide area of ​​the sky and was viewed with confusion and questioning by many people in Middle-earth. Elf, Human, Dwarf, Hobbits, Ents… all were watching this fiery crossing, which was undoubtedly a bad omen.

When will the series come out The Lord of the rings ? ?

As indicated by Amazon, in the middle of September 2019, filming will begin ” in the coming months », it is not good to hope for fast distribution. First, because Amazon is inevitably expected to turn and it is better to take your time and take care of the project to avoid any industrial accident. Then, because there will be a global pandemic since 2020.

But in a tweet published on August 2, 2021, the good news dropped: the appointment was made for September 2, 2022. Amazon only pointed out: “ A new adventure begins “.

Synopsis of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Unlike Peter Jackson who chose to adapt JRR Tolkien’s novels, that is The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings, Amazon Studios wants to start a new project. So the television series takes place in another era, called the Second Era, which takes place long before the events described in the two literary masterpieces of the British writer.

Plot details are lacking, but the Second Age is known to end with the defeat of Sauron. This time comes to start adapting to Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson. A final alliance between Men and Elves is formed to end the servant of Morgoth, during a great battle. It was during this time that the One Ring was lost. At one time.

Middle ground. // Source: MGM-New Line Cinema

Based on the title and what has been announced, the series will revolve around the Rings of Power — those other artifacts created before the One Ring and distributed among Men, Dwarves, and Elves. The fate of these objects is not always clear, but it is known that some were reclaimed by Sauron himself, while others escaped his power.

Given the characters whose presence has already been confirmed in the series (Celebrimbor, Galadriel, Durin IV, Elrond, Gilgalad, etc.), we can expect that the series will relate the creation of these different rings, their distribution in plot of Middle-earth and Sauron. to turn their power against their captors.

Filming Lord of the Rings

The news was confirmed on September 18, 2019: New Zealand has been selected for the filming of the television series by Amazon Studios. We know, however, since the end of 2018 that discussions were held between Wellington and the production to find an agreement. The filming of two Peter Jackson trilogies took place in New Zealand.
New Zealand, where Middle-earth is located in real life! // Source: Max

Wellington’s involvement is understandable: the economic stakes are high for New Zealand. According to New Zealand’s official tourism website, cited by Le Point, one in five tourists still cite the LotR as a reason to visit the country. And one in three tourists declares contact with this universe in one way or another during their stay. This, even fifteen years after the films.

Filming has been completed, which does not mean progress. There is still a lot of post-production work to do.

Cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

For the large cast, the producers rely on actors who are not well known to the public:

  • Robert Aramayo—Elrond;
  • Morfydd Clark—Galadriel;
  • Owain Arthur—Durin IV;
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova — Circle;
  • Nazanin Boniadi—Bronwyn;
  • Megan Richards — a Pievelus (Hobbit variant);
  • Markella Kavenagh — a Pievelus (Hobbit variant);
  • Sophia Nomvete—Ten;
  • Charlie Vickers—Halbrand;
  • Maxim Baldry—Isildur;
  • Benjamin Walker—Gil-galad;
  • Charles Edwards—Celebrimbor;

Other cast members have been announced, but for roles that have yet to be discovered.

What is the name of The Lord of the Rings series on Amazon Prime?

The title of the series was announced on January 19, 2022, just a few months before the release date set for September 2. In English, the series will be called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power which logically gives The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in VF.

In the voiceover, we hear a woman explaining the various fake rings. ” Three rings for the elven kings under heaven, seven for the dwarven lords in their rocky mansions, nine for humans, doomed mortals, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne, in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie. “.

This sentence remains famous, because it is one of the first we hear in Peter Jackson’s film, The engagement ring. Galadriel says this in the movie – and the female voice we hear in this trailer could be that of a young Galadriel.

Which screenwriter is in charge?

To write, Amazon Studios called two screenwriters who have known each other since high school: JD Payne and Patrick McKay. If these names mean nothing to you at the moment, you should see their work in theaters. They participated in the writing of the Jungle Cruisea film commissioned by Disney adapting one of its theme park attractions, and star trek 4the next film of the reboot started in 2009.

Both men are used to working on large projects. Moreover, they did not start from scratch: JRR Tolkien left enough material throughout his works to give the two screenwriters a detailed skeleton of what would happen in this Second Age (foundation of the Gray Havens, return of Sauron, return of Númenóreans, forging of the Three Rings…).

Who made The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?

Many filmmakers will follow each other to direct episodes of the series. In July 2019, it was revealed that Spanish director and screenwriter Juan Antonio Bayona will direct the first two episodes. Juan Antonio Bayona is best known for directing Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.

For the sequel, there was Wayne Che Yip, for four episodes. He is working Who is the doctor?but also The Wheel of Time, a series that airs exclusively on Amazon Prime. The remaining two episodes are entrusted to Charlotte Brändström who has worked in various TV series, such as The Witcher, Legacy of Jupiter, Grey’s Anatomy and even… Julie Lescaut. Well yes.

Juan Antonio Bayona
Juan Antonio Bayona directed both episodes. // Source: Moritz Barcelona

The executive production brings together JD Payne, Patrick McKay and Juan Antonio Bayona, and personalities who have worked on important series or films: Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Bad offense), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).

What is the budget of the Rings of power series?

Amazon Studios has put in place the means to control the rights to adapt the story of Middle-earth into a television series: 250 million dollars, styled post Netflix, which is also in the race. Regarding the budget allocated to the series itself, there is talk of an investment of up to one billion dollars. A record for TV (but can we talk about TV?), but which also includes four future seasons.

According to information from The Hollywood Reporter shared on April 16, 2021, the first season will cost 465 million dollars, or just under 400 million euros, by itself.

How many episodes of The Lord of the Rings series are planned?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the agreement between Amazon Studios, the “Tolkien Estate”, the publisher HarperCollins and the studio New Line Cinema provides for five seasons (which will earn about 200 million dollars per season). There is also talk of a derivative series, optional.

The number of episodes for a season is eight, which is about the norm for this type of project (about ten). The length of each episode is also not given, but it is expected to be around an hour.

Trailers and posters shared on Amazon Prime

Amazon Studios began the promotional campaign for the series in early 2022, announcing its title on January 19 in a dedicated video. After that, the production opened with a series of mysterious posters on February 4 and then, on February 14, the very first teaser of Rings of Power, which made it possible to see the first characters in action.

Some posters of Rings of Power. // Source: Prime Video
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(updated with trailer announcement)

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