Amazon recently revealed on Twitter that its highly anticipated, yet-unnamed Lord of the Rings series is scheduled to premiere in September 2022.
Amazon announced on Monday, 2 August 2021, that the Lord of the Rings series will premiere in September 2022. In addition to the premiere date, Amazon Studios released an official first image from the upcoming series, which will be set in Middle-earth’s second age.
J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga has fueled two film franchises, the first of which features the movie that still holds the record for the most Oscars won in one night. With Tolkien’s fantasy world being so popular, it comes as no surprise that The Lord of the Rings is now shifting towards television with Amazon’s series, which will reportedly take place thousands of years before the original trilogy and The Hobbit. The series has already been renewed for a second season.
Amazon bought the rights to The Lord of the Rings in 2017, with development of the series starting the following year. As it is one of the most expensive shows in television history, there is a great deal of anticipation surrounding the series, which will reportedly feature Robert Aramayo and Morfydd Clark as the Lord of the Rings character, Galadriel. The story will follow a new cast of characters as they face the long-feared reemergence evil in Middle-earth. For some time, many expected Amazon to premiere the show in late 2021. However, it is now clear that fans will have to wait much longer to see the new story.
When the series is eventually released 2022, new episodes will be released weekly after that, and the series will be available to watch in more than 240 countries and territories around the world. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, stated, “The journey begins September 2, 2022 with the premiere of our original The Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video. I can not express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”
With the series not expected to arrive until next year, Amazon can take its time to promote the series. Just by being a project set in Middle-earth, there is a lot of excitement among fans of Tolkien’s novels. However, Amazon can now also spend time appealing to the casual fans who are perhaps more inclined to watch the movies and series, rather than read the books.
With a year still to go before the series premieres, fans can expect more peeks at the series to gradually emerge in the coming months.