‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series Selects First Cast Member

Fans will be transported back to Middle-earth in Amazon Studios’ new series. The story will be a prequel to the amazingly popular Lord of the Rings movies. Fans are scrambling for any bit of information on the series, as it is sure to take over when it is finally released. Here is everything known about the new series.

When is the new ‘Lord of the Rings’ series set?

The series is set in The Second Age, which is thousands of years before events more familiar to audiences in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Early reports state that the series will drop on Prime Video by 2021.

Fans of the books by J. R. R. Tolkien know that The Second Age lasted 3,441 years. It ended with the downfall of Sauron and his army. The epic defeat came from the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. An important thing to remember about this time is it’s when the Ringwraiths were created, as well as the early wars of the Rings that occurred between Sauron and the Elves.

There is a lot of material for the writers to draw from in this time period, so there shouldn’t be any problems with finding inspiration. Fans are excited to see how closely the series will follow the world Tolkien brought to life in his novels.

Markella Kavenagh is the first actor on board

Markella Kavenagh
Markella Kavenagh attends the 2018 AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel at The Star. Brook Mitchell/Getty Images for AFI

Variety learned from multiple sources that Markella Kavenagh is talking about a role in the fantasy series. Most of the information is being kept quite tight-lipped, but sources say she will play a character named Tyra. However, other outlets say her name will be Kyra. You may know Kavenagh from roles in the Australian film “Romper Stomper” and “The Cry.” She is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment.

What else is known about the upcoming series?

Children of Hurin
Alan Lee illustrator of the Children of Hurin, a book by JRR Tolkien, Adam Tolkien, and Bernard Hill who played King Theoden. Joel Ryan – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

The new Lord of the Rings series is being both developed and written by JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Bryan Cogman, a Game of Thrones alumni, will be consulting on the project. There are rumors that Gennifer Hutchison could be writing for the series, along with Cogman.

J.A. Bayona is said to be directing multiple episodes. Bayona will be working alongside his producing partner, Belén Atienza. The series has a multi-season commitment with Amazon, so this is huge news for fans looking for their next obsession.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ series is being carefully planned out

Amazon Studio’s Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter about plans for the upcoming series and said the show won’t begin production until 2020.

“All of us would love a big, addictive show that is executed at the top of its game,” said Salke. “We’re really excited about Lord of the Rings. Despite all the chatter about it, the deal just closed a month ago. We’ve been talking to writers. We have an estate that’s very active. I’ve spent three hours with Simon Tolkien. There’s a lot of moving parts with it. We’ll have some game plan to move forward with very soon.”