The release date for the highly anticipated prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is approaching, and soon fans will get to watch the first season, which had a budget of $450 million.
Amazon Prime released the official title for their "LOTR" prequel TV show this month. The series will be called "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
Fans of the novels and films have been waiting since 2017 to hear details about the prequel. However, recently production shared new details of the show, including the cast, release date, and plot.
Characters from "The Lord of the Rings" [Left] The official title for Amazon Prime's "The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power" [Right] | Photo: Twitter/rob_keye & Facebook/lordoftheringstrilogy
The cast comprises 39 talents; however, specific details of what characters will be portrayed have not been revealed. Reportedly, the show's leads are potentially Joseph Mawle as the series's villain and Markella Kavenagh as the female lead.
In 2020 Amazon announced a cast list that included Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman. But Vernon Sanders, Amazon co-head of TV, stated:
"We still have a few key roles to cast."
Another cast member is "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" actor Benjamin Walker. Walker explained he was apprehensive about joining the project during an interview as it would span over multi-seasons.
However, a conversation with the showrunner, J.D. Payne, about the part and commitment to the show changed his mind as Payne was at the hospital as his wife was giving birth.
His commitment to casting the show during a life event as important as his child's birth made Walker realize that it would be a huge mistake not to take part as Payne's level of commitment was "going to... get this show to be where it should be."
Payne's co-showrunner is Patrick McKay. The news Payne and McKay would head up the series came as a shock to many fans because they do not have a lot of experience in comparison to the scale of the series.
However, Payne and McKay do have one thing on their side to help them create an incredible show. That is a huge and impressive budget, estimated at around half a billion American dollars.
The series will be released on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022, and will be set in the Second Age and focus on the rise of Dark Lord Sauron, the forging of the rings, the tale of Númenor, and the last alliance between Men and Elves.