Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Confirms First Series Regular


I’m Going on an Adventure

We’ve spent a long time away from Middle-Earth and its foils. The screen-spanning franchise began in 2001 and has had six outings through the eyes of its tiniest inhabitants. Widely known as one of the most treasured adaptations from book to film, its fantasy elements brought a new lease on life for a genre of big-budget fairy tales. J.R.R. Tolkien’s reputation grew with the release of the cinematic franchise. It led to fictional races like Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves becoming known to a mainstream audience. With its success has come a plethora of copycats and most recently, Amazon’s confirmed Lord of the Rings television series.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings
Markella Kavenagh – Amazon’s Lord of the Rings

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The ever-expanding library of Amazon Prime can now boast that it has the rights to the brand new series.

All the bells and whistles are in effect for this highly ambitious endeavour. The beloved nature of the franchise will see a stern eye cast upon all aspects of this show. The alleged price tag that Amazon paid is an estimated $250 million—a tall order that shows the confidence Amazon has in the property.

Who Is on Board?

Five names agreed to the project thus far, the first being director J.A. Bayona of The Orphanage fame. He will be tackling the initial two episodes. He is paired with the two showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, of Star Wars: Beyond fame. Bryan Cogman, writer for Game of Thrones, will be consulting. Lastly, Markella Kavenagh is confirmed as the first series regular. Kavenagh is an Aussie actress who is relatively early in her career.

The series is the most expensive produced in history. Creating a world made for literature and cinema can be hard to translate to a small screen. A heavy burden falls on the showrunners to live up to Amazon’s expectations of what the show will be. Kavenagh herself will have high pressure mounted on her to portray a character within such an established stalwart of cinema. As of this time, the advertised release date is 2020. More news is to follow before this grand adventure kicks off on Amazon Prime next year.

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