Season 2 of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, which made international headlines when the Amazon Prime Videos streaming player moved locations from New Zealand to the UK, has set its first filming locations.
The move, which was a major shake-up for New Zealand’s production industry, is particularly significant given that the UK relocation marks the first time that one of the ‘Lord of the Rings “is produced outside of New Zealand. Zeeland, including the ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, reports varie.com.
Sources close to the production claim that Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield will be the first production facilities used to film the big-budget series.
Pre-production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022.
Based in Maidenhead, West London, Bray Film Studios has nearly 54,000 square feet and a 183,000 square foot backlot.
‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Rocketman’ are among the productions to have used the studio, along with the ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Dracula’ series.
As expected for such a sprawling production, other “Lord of the Rings” filming locations will be spotted in time.
Amazon confirmed earlier this year that Season 1 will debut worldwide on the streamer on September 2, 2022, with episodes airing weekly.
The show was picked up for several seasons when it was first commissioned in 2017.
Amazon is closely monitoring plot details around the series, including its official title.
All that is known is that the show takes place during the so-called Second Age, thousands of years before the events of the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” books.
The series follows a set of characters, both familiar and new, facing the dreaded re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth. The cast members include Sir Lenny Henry, Morfydd Clark, Peter Mullan, Joseph Mawle and Robert Aramayo.
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