You’d think that something that has its name attached to one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time would garner more traction but I suppose the fact that Game of Thrones actually existed kind of worked against it.
Basically nothing is known about the Lord of the Rings series except that it’s due to be the most expensive show of all time, costing £1 billion to make. Filming was due to start this month in Scotland, with a source saying to the Daily Record:
“Lord of the Rings producers are hoping to start filming at the new studio from about August to November.
A lot of arrangements are already in place. All that remains now is for it to be up and running in time – so the clock is ticking.
It’s anticipated production will return for another three months from next March (2020). There could be more after that. It’s a massive contract and a gigantic boost for the studio and for Scotland.”
Since then, Amazon have taken a leaf out of Marvel’s book by staying as tight-lipped as possible, but Tom Shippey, a Tolkien expert who is part of the show’s creative team, gave insight into how many episodes to expect during an interview with Deutsche:
“Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So, until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming.“
The alleged casting of Poulter is very exciting though, given that he is a fantastic actor and the news comes courtesy of Variety, who are usually pretty clued up about this kind of thing.
Though, they said, the details of his role are being kept quiet, sources close to the show were able to confirm that he has been cast as one of the leads.
The release date of the show is currently unknown, with filming supposed to take place earlier this year in Scotland, but nothing has been certain.
Expect a 2021 release.
Other than Will Poulter as the lead, no-one else has been confirmed to be in the cast.
It is possible that Hugo Weaving will appear as Elrond, given the time frame, however.
Until recently, a lot of people assumed the series would be based on the life of a young Aragorn, however I’m happy to report that it’s looking a lot like it’s not.
The tweets confirm that the series takes place in the Second Age. For context, the films take part in the Third Age (and a tiny bit in the Fourth Age after the One Ring is given a good destroying).
The Second Age is briefly touched upon in the original trilogy of films from Peter Jackson, as it ends upon the first downfall of the nefarious Sauron.
Said Age is known primarily for the foundation of Numenor, Khazad-dum, and Rivendell, as well as the forging of the rings and One Ring, which coincides with Sauron’s rise to power. Obviously this leads to the likes of the Ringwraiths coming into the fray and ultimately Isildur getting the ring.
This could be a lot of fun and how lovely that it’s not going to be about Aragorn. The interesting part of his life was covered by the films and when you have a universe as rich as Tolkien’s, it would be an utter waste to neglect it just to cater to fans seeking familiarity.
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Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow