On November 27, Amazon studios took the task of recreating J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical plot-based novel as a TV series for a hefty sum of $250million. Amazon will be producing five seasons of “Lord of the Rings” as part of the deal. The contract includes multiple-season commitment as well as a potential spin-off series.
Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios have announced the renewal of the second season even though the first one is still in its early stage of pre-production.
We don’t have any word regarding the release date for this TV series yet. It could be a while before it makes it up onto screens. The script hasn’t even been assigned yet, and as for filming, it has been announced that shooting will take a break of 4-5months after filming two episodes to see what’s working and what’s not. Both the seasons are going to get filmed back-to-back. That might be one of the reasons for this break, as a significant amount of time is required for planning and execution.
Meet the creative team behind the LOTR TV series.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay will be the show’s co-showrunners. Bryan Cogman will be joining as a consultant for script writing (he writes episodes for HBO’s fantasy series). Gennifer Hutchinson (scriptwriter for Breaking Bad and also Better Call Saul) will also be writing some of the events. Helen Shang (Hannibal), Justin Dohle (Stranger Things), and Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) will be assisting her in the writing task as well.
JA Bayona (Director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will helm the first two episodes and later act as an executive producer. Then we also have a professional costume designer Kate Hawley (Suicide Squad), production designer Rick Heinrichs (Star wars), visual supervisor Jason Smith (Avengers), and concept artist John Howe (Jackson’s trilogy).
Who are the Cast for LOTR?
Amazon has finally announced 15 casts for this show. They are:-
- Ema Horvath
- Tom Budge
- Morfydd Clark
- Owain Arthur
- Ismael Cruz Cordova
- Daniel Weyman
- Nazanin Boniadi
- Tyrone Muhafidin
- Sophia Nomvete
- Charlie Vickers
- Dylan Smith
- Markella Kavenagh
- Megan Richards
- Robert Aramayo
- Joseph Mawle
Latest news about casting.
The Australian actress Markella Kavenagh has been confirmed to take on an entirely new role with the name Tyra, the female lead of the show. Ema Horvath (appeared in Blumhouse) will also take one of the leading roles but it hasn’t been decided yet.
Joseph Mawle, alumni of Game of Thrones, has joined the cast (he was best known for his role as Benjen Stark). This actor will most likely play as the villain named Oren.
Robert Aramayo (previously played young Ned Stark in GOT) will replace Poulter as the leading male star.
Unfortunately, Peter Jackson (he directed this film’s trilogy) won’t contribute anything towards this TV series of Amazon. In Comic-Con panel 2019 NYC, he said that he was looking forward to it but as a viewer instead. Being the director of the movie never gave him the chance to watch it from the viewer’s perspective. So, this time he prefers to be a spectator instead.
What should we expect from the show?
Fans are curious to get an insight into the world that arrived before the movies. Since the majority of the information is under wraps, we don’t have much to conclude.
The opening of the season most probably will focus on a young Aragorn as his childhood can be utilized as the potential plot.
We don’t know whether the show will be set on Numenor or not.
A series of maps of Middle Earth was posted on an official twitter account, which gives us a hint that the show will be taking place during the Second Age.
The location of filming has been confirmed –New Zealand, so we can expect lots of aerial shots of snowy peaks, rolling hillsides, and a cliff face.