After Peter Jackson’s six great successes and award-winning films, viewers will have the opportunity to return to Middle-earth from 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’s coming next year.
So, read everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime Video.
What is The Lord of the Rings series about?
The untitled Lord of the Rings series sets the backdrop for the legendary second era of Jungangje history. It means that it was set thousands of years before J.R.R Tolkien’s novels “Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings are famous.
According to Amazon, “The series is the best-threaded and narrates a history where, power fraud, the state is glorious but destroyed, and the heroes are repeatedly tested hard. Take the audience to a time when even the most powerful villain will not escape the sting of JRR Tolkien’s pen. “
While season one finished filming in New Zealand earlier this month, Amazon has revealed very little else about the plot or characters included in the show.
When and where can you watch it?
The Lord of the Rings series will be exclusively published on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories.
The first episode will air on September 2, 2022, in just over a year.
We can expect a weekly release, in line with the other Amazon Originals, but Amazon may choose a different route between now and then.
Will there more seasons?
Current plans are five seasons of the Lord of the Rings series. Overall, the series is estimated to cost $1 billion to become the most expensive series ever produced.
Amazon has already officially purchased the second season. Season 2 will move production to the UK from New Zealand.
Amazon has not set a date to start production in Season 2 or release it on streaming sites.
Is this part of the same series as the existing films?
The Lord of the Rings series is likely to be a prequel to Tolkien’s novel, not a Peter Jackson film. This makes some sense because Jackson doesn’t seem to be involved at all. However, it’s not 100% clear what deal Amazon has or will be willing to do to link this series to an existing movie.
If they were connected, Amazon would have mentioned as much by now. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films raked in huge cash. That’s exactly why Amazon is spending so much money on new shows from its existing brands. Therefore, we can’t make any promises, but don’t expect Elijah Wood or Ian McKellen to appear.
Season 1 was filmed in New Zealand, and the images from the early series seem very familiar. Viewers will connect the dots if they want to think of The Lord of the Rings series as a prequel not only to the books but also to the established film franchise. After all, it all happened thousands of years ago.
What to expect from The Lord of the Rings series
In 2017, Amazon won a bidding war against Netflix over The Lord of the Rings television rights. It cost the company $250 million, which already made it an expensive show to believe. Besides, Season 1’s budget is set at $455 million. That’s over $58 million per episode.
If you need a point of comparison, HBO’s per-episode budget for Game of Thrones’ final season was $15 million.
With that much money going into it, the show must be good!
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay serve as showrunners as well as executive producers. Chang and McKay’s choices turned some heads. The previous two men in the Lord of the Rings series have virtually no known film and TV credit.
Joining Payne and McKay on writing duties is co-producer, Helen Shang. Directing are executive producer J.A. Bayona, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip, and Charlotte Brändström.
Cast of The Lord of the Rings series
The confirmed actors are given below:
- Robert Aramayo
- Owain Arthur
- Nazanin Boniadi
- Morfydd Clark
- Ismael Cruz Córdova
- Ema Horvath
- Markella Kavenagh
- Joseph Mawle
- Tyroe Muhafidin
- Sophia Nomvete
- Megan Richards
- Dylan Smith
- Charlie Vickers
- Daniel Weyman
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson
- Maxim Baldry
- Ian Blackburn
- Kip Chapman
- Anthony Crum
- Maxine Cunliffe
- Trystan Gravelle
- Lenny Henry
- Thusitha Jayasundera
- Fabian McCallum
- Simon Merrells
- Geoff Morrell
- Peter Mullan
- Lloyd Owen
- Augustus Prew
- Peter Tait
- Alex Tarrant
- Leon Wadham
- Benjamin Walker
- Sara Zwangobani
- Charles Edwards
- Will Fletcher
- Amelie Child-Villiers
- Beau Cassidy