Preview footage for the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” spinoff series, “The Rings of Power,” premiered Friday in San Diego at Comic-Con International. A new trailer for the series, which takes place thousands of years before “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” was released by Amazon Studios. On the main stage of the fan conference, Hall H, self-proclaimed Tolkien aficionado Stephen Colbert moderated a session that teased the series.
Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth is the centerpiece of “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” which was developed by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. During this time, kingdoms rise and fall as evil forces threaten to engulf the globe in darkness.
Audiences of “The Rings of Power” will be introduced to a large ensemble, including Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Elrond (Robert Aramayo), and High King Gil-galad (John Noble). They will also be transported to fantastical locations such as the Elven realms of Lindon and Eregion, the Dwarven realm of Khazad-dûm, the Southlands, the Northernmost Wastes, the Sundering Seas, and (Benjamin Walker).
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On September 2nd, all eight episodes of the series will be available on Prime Video. A budget of $465 million makes it supposedly the most costly film ever produced. The Tolkien family estate sold the rights to Amazon in 2017 for $250 million.
While the figure may make for a “crazy headline that’s great to click on,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter last year that it is actually “creating the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series.” Salke described the show as a “massive, world-building” endeavor.
Salke added that they were “very certain that will happen” despite the fact that a “huge, global audience needs to turn up to it as appointment television.”
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This week marked the return of the annual fan convention to San Diego’s Convention Center after a one-year hiatus. Studios spent heavily to advertise forthcoming films and television shows. Sunday will be the final day of Comic-Con.