This Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI will feature the first teaser for Amazon Prime’s upcoming Lord of the Rings streaming series, the most expensive show ever produced with a budget of $465M. The series, which will premier this fall, is set during Middle-earth’s second age (well before the timeline of either the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings films) and will focus on the rise to power of the evil Sauron. A previously released synopsis detailed what to expect.
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and 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 the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. 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 furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Amazon began marketing the streamer last week with a series of 20+ posters that teased the main characters, including one clad in black armor and sporting a nasty looking gauntlet who fans have theorized might be the Dark Lord Morgoth, the source of evil in Middle-earth. Hopefully the new teaser sheds some light on this and other mysteries about the show.
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will debut with an 8-episode first season this September and production has already begun on a second season of the series.