Amazon Studios became one of the most celebrated and award-winning production companies, distributors and, of course, streaming platforms (through Amazon Prime Video) in recent years, both in television and film. It only goes without mentioning products such as “Transparent” (beyond the disapproved conduct of its protagonist), “Manchester Next to the Sea” (Manchester by the Sea, 2016) or even “The Traveler” (Forushande, 2016), winner of the Oscar for Best Picture Extranjera.Si we combine quality and million-dollar budget (about 250 green sticks), this is arguably the best home for “The Lord of the Rings,” something like a tv prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy, set in the Age of Numenor or the Second Age. We are talking about a period spanning 3,441 years, the plot of which predates the events of “The Fellowship of the Ring” and the time of birth, glory and fall of Numenor.
The series created by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne does not have an estimated release date – the most optimistic still believe it could be during this 2020 – but a new protagonist behind Will Poulter’s deflation due to scheduling problems. The one chosen to carry out this epic story is the British actor Maxim Baldry, whom we saw in the role of Viktor Goraya in “Years and Years” (2019). Baldry joins the previously announced Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman, and while it’s still unclear what role he’ll have to play, we bet (not much) that he’ll be one of those “key roles” mentioned by Vernon Sanders – co-director of Amazon TV – last January when the show’s official announcement was made.
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While production this initial season puts first in New Zealand soil with a first two episodes directed by the Spaniard J.A. Bayonne – “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom” (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, 2028) – the studio has already confirmed a second delivery that will continue to expand the fantastical universe created by Tolkien, and expanded a little more by Peter Jackson and his two film trilogies. In this note: