Amazon’s eagerly anticipated, mega-budget fantasy The Lord of the Rings TV series drops new title, storyline and plot details. The mysterious, multi-season drama is called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The plot follows the construction of the initial power rings that permitted Sauron to spread evil across Middle-earth, as the title suggests. The statement dispels popular speculation that the prequel will not include Sauron, the great, corrupting demon who hovered over Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings movie.
This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics. The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen onscreen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many … and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.
The studio also teased the title treatment with this video. The first season of The Lord of the Rings cost an estimated $465 million, making it the most costly show of all time. The majority of the filming took place in New Zealand. Then, in the fall of last year, it announced that it will be relocating to the United Kingdom.
The ensemble cast includes 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.
The first season of The Lord of the Rings will premiere on Prime Video on Friday, September 2nd, and will be broadcast in 240 countries around the world. On a weekly basis, new episodes will be released.
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