Production efforts are underway for the Amazon Prime series The Lord of the Rings. Australian actress Markella Kavenagh has been cast for a recurring role in the new series. This news was revealed on Monday. Details about Kavenagh’s character are being kept under lock and key for the time being.
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What To Expect on The Lord of the Rings series
The Lord of the Rings storyline will be set in Middle-Earth prior to the setting of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The series will be produced by Amazon Studio’s who secured the rights to the series in a reported 250 million dollar deal with the Tolkien Estate. The series is written by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. Both McKay and Payne were on the writing team for the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond. Director of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona has been brought in to direct the series.
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Amazon has not given a series release date as of yet. However, it is likely that production will start no later than 2020 due to the terms of the 2018 deal with the Tolkien Estate which states that production must start within two years. The deal will be voided and Amazon Studios will have lost a lot of money if this term is not met. Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke stated in a 2018 interview, “It’ll be in production in two years; [on the air in] 2021 is the hope. But there are other people who wish it was 2020.”
Amazon tweeted a map on March 7th indicating that the setting will be in the Second Age long before the timeline of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The map also depicts the Island of Numenor. Numenor is the home of Aragorn’s people and is left in ruin by the events of the original Trilogy. The exact setting for the series has not yet been released. Because of this fans are still hoping this news comes out soon.
Regardless of if the series is set on Numenor or not, we can guarantee that Elves and Dwarfs alike will be eagerly awaiting the release of The Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime.
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