For the past decade, television producers have tried in every way possible to find the next game of thrones. Now Amazon thinks they’ve found it and it would be no more and no less than The Lord of the Rings.
Supposedly, the company invested $250 million to secure the rights to adapt the novel into a new series that would have multiple seasons and an eventual spin off.
That’s all we know so far about the new series, which will be titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
When will The Lord of the Rings (series) be released?
There is already the official premiere date of the new series of The Lord of the Rings: the September 22, 2022. This was reported by the official Twitter account, with the first image:
On September 2, 2022, a new journey begins. pic.twitter.com/9tnR7WqDoA
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime)
August 2, 2021
The premiere was scheduled for the end of 2021 but, due to production delays caused by the pandemic, it had to be postponed by almost a year.
We also know that there will be a second season, although in this case it will be recorded in the UK and not in New Zealand, as happened with the films and with the first season of the series.
Cast and Crew of The Lord of the Rings (Series)
We already have an idea of who will be in the new series.
Joseph Mawle, best known for his role as Benjen Stark in Game Of Thrones, will be the main villain. There will be another actor in this series, as Roberto Aramayo (played Ned Stark as a young man) is also in the cast as Beldor.
We also know the name of another character: Tyra, who will be played by Markella Kavenagh.
Beyond those, we don’t know what roles they’ll be playing, but we do know the names of other confirmed cast members:
- Owain Arthur
- Nazanin Boniadi
- Morfydd Clark
- Ismael Cruz Cordoba
- Ema Horvath
- Tyroe Muhafidin
- Sophia Nomvete
- Megan Richards
- Dylan Smith
- Charlie Vickers
- Daniel Weyman
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson
- Maxime Baldry
- Ian Blackburn
- Kip Chapman
- Anthony Crum
- Maxine Cunliffe
- Tristan Gravel
- Mr Lenny Henry
- Thusitha Jayasundera
- Fabien McCallum
- Simon Merrel
- Geoff Morel
- Pierre Mullan
- Lloyd Owen
- Auguste Prew
- Alex Tarant
- Leon Wadham
- Benjamin Walker
- Sara Zwangobani
Behind the scenes we have JD Payne and Patrick McKay as the show’s creative heads, although you might be more interested to know that Spaniard JA Bayona directed the first two episodes.
We also know that Wayne Che Yip directed four episodes of the first season, while Charlotte Brändström directed two others. This would complete the 8 episodes that the first installment will have.
Meet our community. pic.twitter.com/Npouu6ZlRt
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime)
July 27, 2019
What will The Lord of the Rings (series) be about?
We know that the series “will explore new plots before the novel The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien”, which means that they would predate The Hobbit already The Lord of the Rings.
We also know, from the hand of Bayona, that we will be able to “discover the wonders of the Second Age, with an untold story”.
For those unaware, the Second Age refers to that period in Middle-earth history when Elrond founded Rivendell and Sauron began to build his power base in Mordor and forged the One Ring. .
Sauron also started a war with the elves and with other races in Middle-earth, which is repeated later. The second includes that battle in which the finger where he wore the Ring is severed, an event immortalized in the films’ prologue.
The image they previously posted is believed to be in the city of Valinor, where the Valar live. But it seems that the image would predate the Second Age, perhaps as part of a backtrack or the prologue.
There is an official synopsis, which explains that the series “will take place thousands of years before The Hobbit Yes The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien” and “will follow a cast of characters, known and unknown, as they face the resurgence of Middle-earth’s feared evil”.
It looks like Amazon could be “using material from the movies” and it’s even possible that original director Peter Jackson could be part of the new project as an executive producer.
Where can you see The Lord of the Rings (series)?
As you may have imagined, the series of The Lord of the Rings can be seen exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, the online content platform Diffusion from Amazon.
The platform is included in the Amazon Prime subscription, which also includes free next day delivery or other services such as Prime Music.
Amazon Prime is priced at $36 per year in Europe and $899 MXN per year in Mexico, but you can still try the service for free for the first month.
If you’re in a country where Amazon Prime Video isn’t available, just use a VPN like NordVPN or ExpressVPN to connect to a server in a country where it’s already released, like Europe or Mexico.