Well this is an interesting story for me personally. I am a huge fan of Tolkien’s work and the fact that the new TV show from Amazon is going to be set in the Second Age of Tolkien’s mythology is tremendously exciting for me.
This weekend we learned from a Scottish Newspaper called The Daily Record, who claim the new series is going to be filming in the new studios in Leith, Edinburgh. That’s around 20 miles away from where I live and even Braveheart didn’t film much in Scotland. This is a real landmark for the film industry in Scotland if true.
Not only that but we are told that production is set to begin this August on the new TV show. Considering how little we know about this show and the fact that as far as anyone knows casting has not really stepped up, this is a bit of a surprise.
According to The Daily Record’s source,
“Lord of the Rings producers are hoping to start filming at the new studio from about August to November.”
It’s also anticipated production will return for another three months starting March 2020. There could be more after that and it seems like a huge coup for the relatively new studio and Scotland in general. I’m not all-in on trusting this tabloid newspaper, but it seems like the kind of thing that would leak locally first, so I’m thinking they may be genuine with this one.
Previously, The Lord of the Rings movies along with The Hobbit movies were made in New Zealand, but there were many Union/political issues when filming The Hobbit it is reported. Apparently the main reason for choosing a new location is to have different scenery seen as we expect much of the show to take place in Numenor, a land of Kings far more advanced and powerful than any strongholds of Man in Middle-Earth as depicted in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. By the time of those movies Numenor had been utterly destroyed by God due to the cunning and guile of Sauron.
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I’m super excited by this, I wonder if they are looking for any extra’s or local Tolkienists?
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SOURCE: The Daily Record