While specifics on Amazon Prime Video's Lord of the Rings series are still being held under wraps, we've seen some news items starting to leak out this week – beginning with reports that Markella Kavenagh (Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Cry) is close to joining the highly-anticipated epic fantasy series as a character named Tyra. Now things are starting to heat up – courtesy of Saturday's Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event, where the streamer formally introduced the creative team.
In the video below, LotR fans will find a killer line-up of talent – just on the writing side, we have a team that's worked on series such as Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, Hannibal, Better Call Saul, and many, many more:
Writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay are developing the series and serving as showrunner, with Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) serving as a consultant. Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is set to direct the first two episodes, with Bayona also serving as executive producer alongside producing partner Belén Atienza. Amazon Studios produces, in conjunction with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema.
"J.R.R. Tolkien created one of the most extraordinary and inspiring stories of all time, and as a lifelong fan it is an honor and a joy to join this amazing team. I can't wait to take audiences around the world to Middle-earth and have them discover the wonders of the Second Age, with a never before seen story."
– J.A. Bayona
While specific details on the Lord of the Rings series are still few-and-far-between, we do know that the new stories will take place prior to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring." Also very telling are the tweets that have come out from the series' official Twitter account, which allude to the "Second Age" – a time when the Rings of Power were first revealed.
"We are thrilled to have J.A. and Belén joining the fellowship as we continue to develop this epic series. We have been great admirers of J.A.'s work for years, and know that his epic, cinematic and deeply heartfelt aesthetic is the perfect sensibility to bring Middle-earth to life anew."
– JD Payne & Patrick McKay