With Stephen Colbert leading the festivities, 6,500 fans at Comic-Con 2022 were treated to a 90-minute showcase featuring creatives and ensemble talent from the highly anticipated series inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium; the $400+ million series hits the streamer in September.
Prime Video transformed San Diego into Middle-Earth to showcase its upcoming series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Today at Comic-Con 2022, fans were treated to a panel with series creators and 21 members of the show’s ensemble cast, moderated by surprise guest The Late Show host and Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert. He joined series showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, executive producer Lindsey Weber, and cast members in revealing a special Comic-Con debut trailer and a sneak peek of several scenes from the series. The event took place for a lucky audience of 6,500 fans in attendance.
During the 90-minute showcase, panelists and fans interacted. Discussions included the love of J.R.R. Tolkien's incredible legendarium, the process of bringing the author's fabled Second Age to life, from the series' new and legendary characters to the realms of Middle-earth, including the island of Numenor, which has never before been portrayed on the screen.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories on Friday, September 2, with new episodes available weekly.
Highlights of the fan event included:
- The debut of the new San Diego Comic-Con Trailer
- Emmy award-winning composer Bear McCreary, the creator of the series' score, led a 25-piece orchestra and 16-person choir in a live performance of highlights of the never-before-heard series soundtrack.
- Five scenes were revealed.
- 22 pieces of character art were revealed.
Watch the trailer here (there's lots of new images below):
The series 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.
The series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay. They are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber; Callum Greene; J.A. Bayona; Belén Atienza; Justin Doble; Jason Cahill; Gennifer Hutchison; Bruce Richmond; and Sharon Tal Yguado; and producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and director, along with Bayona and Charlotte Brändström.
VFX for The Rings of Power are being produced by Wētā FX. Both Jason Smith and Tim Capper serve as senior visual effects supervisor and visual effects supervisor, respectively.
Source: Prime Video