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Amazon is looking forward to bringing new life into the Lord of the Rings franchise with their upcoming series, and though we haven’t seen anything from the show yet, it looks like Amazon is doubling down for more LOTR.
According to Deadline, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke has confirmed that the network has commissioned the writers to start working on a second season. Seeing that we haven’t seen any promotional material for the show until now, Amazon must be very confident with what they have so far.
The official cast hasn’t been officially announced, but news has come out that the show has cast the likes of Will Poulter, Markella Kavenagh, and Joseph Mawle for the show. The pilot episode will also be directed by J.A. Bayona, who is probably best known for his work on Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.
With the Lord of the Rings being considered the near-perfect adaptation of the books to a lot of fans, this series is said to be a prequel that will take place during the Second Age, when Sauron is still rising in power. We’ll probably get to watch Sauron as he forges the Rings of Power which he gave to the different leaders of Elves, Men, and Dwarves. The show’s storyline is set to end with the War of the Last Alliance where the Elves and Men formed an army to battle Sauron; this is the same battle where Isildur vanquished Sauron and took possession of the One Ring.
With The Hobbit trilogy bringing the franchise to an all-time low, there’s nowhere to go but up when it comes to Amazon’s adaptation. Hopefully fans will be onboard.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings is yet to have a release date, but the series is expected to come out sometime in 2020.