Amazon Prime Video has officially announced it’s production team for their upcoming Lord of The Rings series and have formally revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi production designer Rich Heinrichs (Captain America: The First Avenger) is part of that team.
Set in Middle-Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.
They’ve also added ILM alumn visual effects supervisor Jason Smith (The Revenant, Bumblebee) and costume designer Kate Hawley (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, Edge of Tomorrow).
The announcement was made by the official Lord of The Rings series Twitter account.
Meet our Fellowship. pic.twitter.com/Npouu6ZlRt
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 27, 2019
The series is officially taking place during the Second Age of Middle-Earth which includes the creation of the Rings of Power by Sauron, the fall of many ancient kingdoms, and the eventual defeat of Sauron. Given the setting we likely won’t be seeing any characters outside of Elves and Sauron in the series that audiences will know from the films, given the prequel angle they’re going for is more in the thousands of years range than a couple of decades.
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona is set to direct the first two episodes of the series.