On September 2, 2022, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power , the series inspired by Tolkien’s work, will debut on Prime Video.
There is much anticipation towards this production, which will have to compete with the Peter Jackson film trilogy .
Interviewed by Games Radar , JA Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom), who directed the first two episodes, said:
We all love what Peter Jackson accomplished. At first we thought of creating a bridge between the series and the films. But later, as we began to reflect on the complexity of these worlds, we became very involved in our story. Unconsciously we found ourselves creating something that has a life of its own. There were high expectations and I am very happy that Amazon has decided to go this far. I tried to get closer to what Jackson did, but the more we worked on the characters and the story, the more unconsciously we drifted away from the movies.
Peter Jackson himself recently talked about the series, revealing that at first Amazon Studios had offered him to collaborate on the series, promising to send him the scripts of the episodes, but in the end it didn’t go beyond that conversation.
Most likely this decision was made after the project began to distance itself from films.
The plot of the series
Prime Video ‘s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will bring the heroic legends of the mythical Second Era of Middle-earth history to screens for the first time. This epic drama takes place thousands of years before the events narrated in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings , and will take viewers into a distant era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms ascended to glory and fell into ruin, unlikely. heroes were tested, hope hanging on the thinnest of threads, and one of the greatest villains to come out of Tolkien’s pen threatened to plunge the whole world into darkness.
Starting from a moment of relative peace, the series follows a group of characters, some already known, some new, as they prepare to face the feared return of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island of the kingdom of Númenor, to the most extreme places on the map, these kingdoms and characters will build a legacy that will survive far beyond their time.
The cast includes Robert Aramayo (Beldar), Markella Kavenagh (Tyra), Joseph Mawle (the antagonist Oren), Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Maxim Baldry , Owain Arthur , Nazanin Boniadi , Tom Budge , Ismael Cruz Córdova , Ema Horvath , Tyroe Muhafidin , Sophia Nomvete , Megan Richards , Dylan Smith , Charlie Vickers . Charles Edwards (The Crown), Will Fletcher (The Girl Who Fell), Amelie Child-Villiers (The Machine) and Beau Cassidy .
The creative team
JA Bayona (The Orphanage, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) directs the first two episodes and serves as executive producer, along with his partner Belén Atienza .
Showrunners on the series are JD Payne and Patrick McKay , also executive producers.
The other EPs are Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire), Sharon Tal Yguado, Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) and Justin Doble (Stranger Things).