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A Sneak Peak at Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings Series
If your place of residence is not a rock, you’ll have loved the Lord of the Rings movies just like everyone else. They had stunning visuals, a truly emotional storyline, mind-blowing battle scenes, and, of course, that little rascal Gollum. Yes, there was also the far less mind-blowing Hobbit trilogy, during which you probably wished you were playing at your favourite online casino instead. At last, however, the Lord of The Rings can now be put to rest, given that there are no books left to adapt.
Amazon have now officially announced they are making a Lord of the Rings TV series.
Yes, in case you didn’t already know, after much speculation and many rumours, it turns out that Amazon do indeed have a Lord of the Rings series in production. You might be thinking that it is entirely unnecessary to try and wring more juice out of the franchise, but Amazon beg to differ. Details are thin on the ground so far, but there are a few things we know, and we do have a full cast list. So, let’s take a look and see how this Amazon exclusive series is shaping up.
The series was originally announced back in 2017, so you’d think they were pretty far along with the production at this point. But no, either the production teams at Amazon are really slow workers, or they are purposefully being extremely vague about the details. What is interesting to note, however, is that filming is taking place in New Zealand, the same location that the Peter Jackson films were made in.
The series’ storyline will also be taking place in the Peter Jackson universe. Technically speaking anyway. But the narrative will be set long before the events that took place in the Fellowship of the Ring. So, it is probably best to simply say it won’t have any connections to the films. This is a very good idea as far as we’re concerned, given that the world in general got sick of that timeline right about when The Hobbit was somehow being dragged out over 3 entire full length feature films.
But you may be scratching your head around about now. Hang on, if the series is before The Fellowship of the Ring, will it also be part of The Hobbit? No. According to information made available by Amazon, the series will be ‘based on stories from novels by J.R.R Tolkien.’ Which novels? It wasn’t mentioned. Perhaps because there were only a handful of books from Tolkien set in Middle-earth. Five, to be exact, if you include The Silmarillion. Most don’t, given that it is all but completely incomprehensible nonsense.
As best as we can tell, the series will be based on extracts from The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yes, we’re also a touch confused about how it will all work and make sense. Amazon likely don’t want you thinking too hard about it, lest you conclude that their inclusion of J.R.R Tolkien’s name is sketchy at best.
But all that aside, let’s take a look at the cast and production team that has now been officially confirmed.
First and foremost, there is a long list of directors. This is because, like other major series of this type, a new director is generally involved in each episode. Assumptions are that an episode will run for an hour, although this hasn’t been confirmed. One notable director is J.A Bayona, who is most well-known for directing Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. If you thought that was a great film, well, then clearly the LotR series is on track to be amazing.
In terms of notable cast, there a few familiar faces. Joseph Mawle is confirmed as part of the core cast. You will recognise him as Benjen Stark from the Game of Thrones series. Rumours say he will be playing a villain that goes by the name Mawle. Morfydd Clark is Mina from the Netflix Dracula series. Apart from these semi-recognisable faces, the rest are largely unknown.
It may be disappointing that the cast is mostly unknown, or it might be a very good decision. A new universe is best brought to life by thespians you don’t associate with any other existing material.