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Amazon Studios Reveals ‘Lord of the Rings’ First Look and Release Date

The highly anticipated, $500 million yet-to-be-named original ‘LOTR’ prequel series will debut September 2, 2022 exclusively on Prime Video

We cannot deny, our hearts have greatly desired this. Amazon Studios recently took to Twitter to reveal the official release date of the upcoming yet-to-be-named The Lord of the Rings original prequel series:

The announcement comes just after the highly anticipated series wrapped filming, providing a first glimpse at what a nearly half a million dollar production looks like. It’s good to see Middle Earth again, and better still knowing a Season Two is already in the works. Time to break out the pipe-weed and ale!

According to Amazon Studios, “This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, 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. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”

There you have it!

The series boasts a true Fellowship of the ages, with a large production roster bursting with decorated industry veterans. Writing team JD Payne (Star Trek Beyond) and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) will act as showrunners, while J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) will direct the first two episodes. Lindsey Weber (Star Trek Beyond), Bruce Richmond (From the Earth to the Moon), Gene Kelly, and Sharon Tal Yguado (The Listener) will executive produce. Gennifer Hutchinson (Breaking Bad, Mad Men), Jason Cahill (Fringe, The Sopranos), Justin Doble (Stranger Things, Cloverfield), will also write and executive produce alongside Bayona and his partner Belén Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible). Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) and Glenise Mullins (Terminator Genisys) are set to consult.

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.

Stream The Lord of the Rings September 2, 2022 exclusively on Prime Video.

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