Hold on to your Mithril vests fans of Middle-earth. Amazon has announced that the Lord Of The Rings series is forthcoming.
This after Amazon released its first image of the new screen reincarnation of the JRR Tolkien fantasy masterpiece that is set to air exclusively on its Amazon Prime Video streaming platform on September 2, 2022.
Empireonline.com wrote: “the company is ready to debut the show’s first season, albeit not until next year. And as production on the first season wraps, a first look image has arrived online,” referring to the first released image.
Said image is a sprawling view from afar of what looks to be the city of Gondor with it’s white towers. The foreground shows a human-like figure wearing white-grey garments. Of course, we say human-like as everybody who has read Tolkien’s books could surmise that said figure could also very well be Elves. Another facet of the released image is what seems to be a fiery orb in the distance, away from the city, that seems to recall the ‘Eye of Mordor.’
Then again, Amazon did not elaborate exactly what the image is about, or who the mysterious figure is in the image. The company is also mum on the title of the upcoming series.
According to Empireonline.com, what is known is that “The series is set in the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. Beginning in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings books.”
It also added that “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.”
Much younger versions of Elves such as Galadriel and Elrond might make their appearance in the upcoming series as do Tolkien’s main villain Sauron.
The cast has been mentioned to include Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Maxim Baldry, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Sir Lenny Henry, Trystan Gravelle, Ema Horvath, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Markella Kavenagh, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay are show runners with JA Bayona as executive producer-director with director Charlotte Brändström.