Details about the new Lord of the Rings series
After winning a battle against Netflix for the rights of The Lord of the Rings, Amazon Studios is going all in with a new series based on the saga created by J. R. R. Tolkien and considered one of the most important pieces in fantastic literature.
The plot of the series will be located during the Second Age of Middle-earth, a historical period of more than 3400 years that precedes the events portrayed in the films of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Second Age is one of the least explored periods in Tolkien‘s books and the stories that exist focus on the rise and fall of the island of Númenor and the villain Sauron, the main antagonist of the films directed by Peter Jackson.
The series will star Robert Aramayo and Joseph Mawle, who played the young Ned Stark and Benjen Stark, respectively, in Game of Thrones. Mawle has the role of the main villain in this new series and, although it has not been confirmed, it is rumored that he will play Sauron. The rest of the cast is formed by Markella Kavenagh, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Owain Arthur, Ema Horvath, among others. On the other hand, Will Poulter, who was going to take part in the project, has recently had to exit due to scheduling conflicts.
With a budget of $200 million per season, the new Lord of the Rings series will become the most expensive television series in history, surpassing the $130 million of The Crown and setting high expectations against the budget of $100 million for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Amazon plans to release the new Lord of the Rings series in 2021, with a length of at least 5 seasons.