One ring to rule them all.
Amazon’s hotly anticipated “The Lord of the Rings” TV show has announced its official title. It will be called, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”
The first season reportedly cost Amazon a staggering $465 million, in addition to the $250 million paid to acquire the rights from the J.R.R. Tolkien estate in the first place. For comparison, “Game of Thrones” cost around $100 million per season.
“Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many … and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all,” showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in the press release.
Set during the Second Age — thousands of years before the time of Frodo, Sam, Aragorn and the rest of their Fellowship of the Ring from Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” books and Peter Jackson’s film trilogy — the series will follow an ensemble cast of characters “both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth,” according to Amazon’s description.
“This epic drama … will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness … From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”
The ensemble cast includes Welsh actor Morfydd Clark playing Elven leader Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchett in the movies), “Game of Thrones” alums Robert Aramayo and Joseph Mawle, Nazanin Boniadi (“How I Met Your Mother”), Ismael Cruz Córdova (“The Mandalorian”) and Markella Kavenagh (“The Cry”), among others.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will premiere Sept. 2.