When it comes to Middle Earth and J. R. R. Tolkien, it is known that it is one of the most beloved contributions to literature in history. Reason why news about the return of this world to the screens is always cause for celebration. Undoubtedly, one of the most anticipated projects on television is the prequel series of The Lord of the Rings, which although it will not be based as such on the characters of said trilogy -of books or films- it will delve into the mythology created by the British author. We tell you about the premiere, cast and everything you need to know about the Lord of the Rings series.
What is it about?
There is much confusion surrounding his argument. At first it was believed that the Lord of the Rings series would be a direct prequel and in its premiere it would tell the comings and goings of a young version of Aragorn. However, in early 2019, the production revealed an image of a map showing a configuration of Middle-earth that predates by millennia everything we met in the Peter Jackson films.
In this plane is shown the Island of Númenor, a legendary kingdom that arose from the sea and that sank in a story similar to Atlantis during the end of the Second Age of Middle-earth. This place was the home of the Dúnedain, men who managed to flee before the cataclysm and later founded the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn is a descendant and heir to these kingdoms, so his name or that of his ancestors could appear at some point in the series.
Either way, the official synopsis of the series also reveals some key points and places that we will see throughout its episodes. Could it be that the central argument of the series is the fall of the Great Kingdom of Númenor? This is the official synopsis:
“The upcoming series from Amazon Studios brings to screens for the first time the heroic legends of the legendary Second Age of Middle-earth history. Set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama will take viewers into an era when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, Unbelievable heroes were put to the test, hope hung by the finest threads, and the greatest villain to ever flow from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover the entire world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the much-feared reappearance of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the impressive island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will forge legacies that will endure long after your demise ».
The Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, responsible for films such as The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2017), will be in charge of directing the first two pilot episodes, as well as setting the tone for the series going forward . Bayona will also be an executive producer on the project.
On the other hand, the scripts are in charge of a team headed by the scriptwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who have worked together on projects like Star Trek Beyond (2016). Bryan cogman, a veteran known to the guild for Game of Thrones, will provide creative advice and serve as a co-writer for select episodes.
As of this writing, the Lord of the Rings series, which does not yet have an official title, is filming in New Zealand. Of course, it already has a large cast made up mostly of faces relatively unknown by Hollywood standards, but as talented as they are known within the borders of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The series will star – supposedly – by Robert Aramayo, an actor best known for his brief appearance on Game of Thrones as the young version of Ned Stark. Next to him will be the actress Markella Kavenagh, from Australia and recognized within her country for various television projects.
One of the few things that is known is that the actress Morfydd Clark will play a young version of Galadriel in two episodes of the series. And the British actor Peter mullan who we have seen briefly in the Harry Potter saga or in the Westworld series will also be part of the cast, although with a still unknown role.
The rest of the cast is made up of Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Geoff Morrell, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Alex Tarrant , Sara Zwangobani, Benjamin Walker and many others.
Release date for the Lord of the Rings series
Amazon Studios has not yet set a final release date, but supposedly its planning aimed to release it at some point in 2021. However, the delays caused by the pandemic could modify the plans, so until there is official information, We cannot assure you that the series will arrive during the current year.
The first season is listed to contain nine episodes and the second is filmed in parallel with the first, so we can expect at least two installments about Middle-earth and the Tolkien stories. If all goes well, the series as a whole is planned to span up to six seasons.
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Luis Angel H Mora My letter from Hogwarts never arrived, so I focused my life on the cinema. I like writing, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and the parties I get to be an astrologer. John Williams and The Killers musicalize the drama of my life.