Filming has officially wrapped in New Zealand on the first season of the Amazon Studios production as The Lord Of The Rings sets a release date.

The streamer announced they have locked Friday, September 2nd 2022 as the premiere date for the first season at the same time as dropping a publicity photo via social media. New episodes will be released weekly, exclusively on Prime Video. An official title for the series has yet to be set, but it is speculated it will not remain solely The Lord Of The Rings.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay developed the series. It will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth which places it thousands of years before the events of the main novels or the Peter Jackson film trilogy. The citizens of Middle -Earth will be forced to confront the reemergence of an ancient evil.

It is currently the most expensive TV series ever made. Amazon bought the television rights for The Lord of the Rings for US$250 million in November 2017, making a five-season production commitment worth at least US$1 billion.

Negotiations between Amazon and the New Zealand government ensured the series could be produced in the country where the film trilogy was made. Production was placed on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but resumed in September 2020.

The series is packing a huge cast that includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

J. A. Bayona directed the first two episodes of the series, with Wayne Che Yip directing another four episodes, and Charlotte Brändström directing another two.

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