Amazon’s as yet untitled Lord of the Rings TV show is set to be possibly the most expensive show of all time when all is said and done. Amazon has paid an absolute fortune to the Tolkien Estate for the rights to craft stories set in Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth, something no one has ever attempted to film before. Not only is the up-front cost extensive, but to make something like this actually work, you know this is going to have a massive budget for a TV show.
I personally am really excited for this show, as a Tolkien fan, very little was ever fully developed by Tolkien of this era, and it’s a period ripe for mining a great show from. Saying that, it is extremely difficult for anyone other than Tolkien to get the fans onside when adapting any of his work. Many fans will simply view anything Amazon makes as fan fiction, and I suppose that’s exactly what it is, even if it is very expensive and well planned fan fiction. Production is set to start on the mammoth series this year, with varied reports of where it will shoot, some have reported Scotland, others Ireland and some even further afield.
Now one thing we can report on with some confidence is the first cast member to be signed up for this show. Variety is reporting that young actress Markella Kavanagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock) has been cast in the role of Tyra for the show according to many of their sources. Now, before you go looking up the name Tyra, you won’t find it anywhere in Tolkien’s work, however that means very little. For one, it could just be a production name to keep her identity concealed, but it could also be the real name of a character they have created just for the show, and they will have to create a vast amount of characters from scratch. Neither Amazon nor Kavanagh’s reps responded to the outlet reaching out to them about the story.
The show is seems set to take place at the beginning of the Second Age when the Rings of Power were first created with Sauron’s guidance by the Elves of Eregion, who were the only ones willing to accept his help. Sauron of course, has plans and many of the main players in this period are named by Tolkien, but frankly little is ever mentioned of the vast majority of characters who would be alive during this time period. Tyra could be anyone, Elven, Numenorean, Common Man, we really have no idea at this point? It would seem like the largest roles to be cast in this show will be Celebrimbor (created the three Elven Rings) and Sauron himself (Tom Hiddleston please), who would have appeared as a Man or Elvish during this period. The vast majority of roles are going to be created entirely for the show though I would imagine, because there are so few characters actually named during this period of Tolkien’s work.
I do wonder if they would try and tempt Hugo Weaving or Cate Blanchett back for some cameo appearances as both Elrond and Galadriel were alive and involved with the events of the Second Age, though not majorly until much later. I would suspect that we will now start to hear more and more casting decisions for this show as the year progresses and production gets ready to start, so stay tuned for anything else we hear about this massive upcoming show. Developed by the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick Mackay, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show also recently signed up Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman as a consultant, and J.A. Bayona is set to direct multiple episodes.
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