Filming wrapped up today on Amazon Studios’ highly anticipated Season 1 The Lord of the Rings TV series and now we have a premiere date. The studio has set Friday, September 2, 2022 for the start of the first season of the yet to be titled series. New episodes will air weekly, exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 territories and countries around the world. Amazon Studios also released the first image in the series linked to the end of filming in New Zealand.
This is a snapshot from the first episode of the series, but the studio is currently silent on the character and actor shown in the photo. See below.
Developed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, The Lord of the Rings The series is described as an “epic drama” set in the Second Age of Middle-earth – thousands of years before the events of the Lord of the Rings films and the JRR Tolkien novels on which they were based. The series presents for the very first time the legendary Second Age in the history of Middle-earth by JRR Tolkien. Beginning in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of Tolkien The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, the series follows a set of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the dreaded re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth.
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Headlining the ensemble, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
Payne and McKay serve as showrunners and executive producers with Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, JA Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado. Wayne Che Yip co-executive produces, Charlotte Brändström directs and Christopher Newman is producer.
“The journey begins on September 2, 2022 with the premiere of our The Lord of the Rings on Prime Video, ”said Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios. “I cannot express enough how excited we are all to take our global audience on an epic new journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, actors, creatives and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this unspeakable and awe-inspiring vision to life. “
world-renowned literary work, winner of the International Fantasy Award and the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings was named Amazon Customers’ Favorite Book of the Millennium in 1999 and Britain’s Most Beloved Novel of All Time in the BBC’s The Big Read in 2003. The Lord of the Rings books have been translated into approximately 40 languages and have sold over 150 million copies.
Development of the series began in 2017. In November of the same year, Amazon purchased the television rights to The Lord of the Rings for nearly $ 250 million. Subsequently, the studio made a five-season production commitment, worth around $ 1 billion. Given that commitment, the Amazon Original goes down in history as the most expensive television series ever made.
Season 1 production began in Auckland in February 2020, but was put on hold for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I’m quite ready to take another trip.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We can’t wait for fans to have the chance to do that, too, “said Payne and McKay.