If you’re a LOTR fan, you’re probably counting down the days until Amazon Studios releases its prequel series of the fantasy franchise. The only problem is you’ll be counting for an unspecified number of days since Amazon has yet to announce a release date (possibly 2021?). The good news is, New Zealand is now allowing filmmakers back into the country after the coronavirus shut down all production.
While you’re waiting for news of the release, here are some fun facts we do know:
The series will take place during the Second Age, which is a 3,441-year period before the storyline of Frodo and company. So it’s highly unlikely any characters from the original movies will make any appearances. Amazon has confirmed some of the actors who will be joining the cast including Years and Years actor Maxim Baldry taking a large role, and Morfydd Clark who plays Sister Clara in the TV series His Dark Materials.
Amazon has rights to five seasons, so you’ll have plenty to binge watch when it does get released. The first season is set to have a whopping 20 episodes with an assumed 40-60 minutes apiece. Amazon has invested heavily in this project. After beating out Netflix with a $250 million deal for rights to the series, rumors have been circulating that the entire project will surpass $1 billion.
In the meantime, you can watch all the Lord of the Rings films on Amazon Prime Video.
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