Amazon Studio‘s highly anticipated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings has wrapped production in New Zealand, and Amazon has gifted fans with a first look at the yet-to-be-titled series which is headed to the streamer next year.
Amazon Studios Shares a Sneak Peek at Their The Lord of the Rings Original Series
The new epic drama turns J.R.R. Tolkein's fabled Second Age of Middle-earth history into a weekly series, which is set to premiere Friday, September 2nd, 2022. Beginning in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.
“The journey begins September 2, 2022 with the premiere of our original The Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”
That ensemble is comprised of a talented cast of actors including, 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.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay lead the production as showrunners and executive producers, with Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip, director Charlotte Brändström, and producer Christopher Newman.
“As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well,” said Payne and McKay.
A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings was named Amazon customers’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain’s best-loved novel of all time in BBC’s The Big Read in 2003. The Lord of the Rings books have been translated into around 40 languages and have sold more than 150 million copies. Amazon Studio's series follows Peter Jackson's highly successful adaptations of Tolkein's The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
The first season of the forthcoming series premieres on September 2nd, 2022.