Back in August 2018, I first reported at OmegaUndeground (GWW) a scoop that Amazon’s Lord of The Rings series would be returning to New Zealand for the production. Something that was never mentioned by Amazon during the show’s development.
— Omega Underground News (@OmegaUGround) August 16, 2018
Over a year later the official account on Twitter has now confirmed that production scoop and they’ll be returning to shoot in New Zealand.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) September 17, 2019
This would suggest they’ll return to Stone Street Studios and will likely have Weta Workshop involved.
The new series will take place in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, many many years before the events of either film trilogies. It will be set before the defeat of the Dark Lord Sauron and the fall of ancient kingdoms such as Númenor, there is an expectation we’ll see both explored over multiple seasons.
Currently, we only have two cast members reportedly attached to the project which include British actor Will Poulter (The Revenant) and Aussie actress Markella Kavenagh playing a character named Tyra.
I would assume a bulk of the roles will be filled with local Kiwi and Australian actors.
The writing team will include Bryan Cogman, Justin Doble, Gennifer Hutchison, Glenise Mullins, Helen Shang, Jason Cahill, Stephany Folsom, Patrick McKay, and John D. Payne.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona is expected to direct at least 2 episodes on the series, with someone involved suggesting the first season will have an epic 20 episodes.
We should be getting the names of more actors in the coming months.