Amazon has demonstrated that with its long gestating series dependent on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels, a fantasy epic that will happen millennia before the events of the classic trilogy and “Hobbit” novel. However, between the time it takes to put a series of this size together, combined with COVID-19 pandemic postponements, it appears as though Amazon’s “Rings” may never premiere. In any case, the streaming service declared Monday that, finally, Middle-earth will be getting back to our screens on September 2, 2022 in the yet-to-be-named series.
Amazon uncovered the premiere date to celebrate the completion of filming in New Zealand, where the original three Peter Jackson-directed movies, as well as “Hobbit” prequel trilogy, were likewise shot (Jackson isn’t associated with the new project). The streamer likewise released a first look picture from the first episode of the new series. Nonetheless, Amazon didn’t uncover the name of the character, or even which actor, is pictured from behind.
The series will take on new material that hasn’t been found in the theatrical movies. As per Amazon’s declaration, the new series “brings to screens for the very first time J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. 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.”
Made by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the series includes an enormous gathering cast including Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
“As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well,” Payne and McKay said in a statement.