'The Lord of the Rings' Series Gets Release Date, First-Look Image

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BY Kaelen BellPublished Aug 3, 2021

Amazon's original television show based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved The Lord of the Rings trilogy is finally becoming a reality.

The anxiously awaited prequel series will debut on Prime Video on September 2, 2022, with new episodes arriving weekly. The announcement also comes with the first official image of the show (seen above), which finished filming in New Zealand on Tuesday (August 2).

The official title is currently unknown and there's little information regarding the plot, but the series will include characters old and new. The series is said to take place in Middle Earth thousands of years prior to the events of The Lord of the Rings books and The Hobbit during the so-called "Second Age."

"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," said executive producers and showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

The large cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry and Morfydd Clark, among many others.

The series is making history as the most expensive TV series ever made, with Amazon purchasing the television rights for nearly $250 million USD and making a subsequent five-season production commitment worth around $1 billion USD.

As previously reported, director J.A. Bayona was enlisted to helm the project.

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