Amazon Announces Title, Plot for New THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series
By Movieguide® Staff
Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s best-selling “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy shared their excitement and apprehension following Amazon’s release of a title reveal trailer for the upcoming THE LORD OF THE RINGS episodic series.
The multi-season drama now has a name: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER.
Amazon’s teaser revealed that the new show would follow the rise of Sauron during a time when all the original rings were used in Middle Earth.
“This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics. The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men,” series creators J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay said. “Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.”
According to the trailer’s description, the official premiere date is Sept. 2, 2022, on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Die-hard fans of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning adaptations of Tolkien’s book did not spare their opinion in the comment section.
“Either going to be a masterpiece or a complete trainwreck, no middle ground for TV shows like this one,” one user wrote.
Another said: “Here is to the hope, that you stay true to the soul of Tolkiens world !”
Concerns from fans arose early in the series’ production after it was rumored that THE RINGS OF POWER would trend towards the violence and sex of another popular fantasy show, GAME OF THRONES.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Fans noted that J.R.R. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is a Christian allegory that contains no overt sexual content. Moreover, Peter Jackson’s reimaginings contain none of the gratuitous nudity and sexual violence found in GAME OF THRONES.
The uproar came after Yahoo News reported that casting calls for the upcoming series sought after “talent who are comfortable with partial or full nudity.”
Another hint at a more sexualized middle-earth is Amazon’s hiring of intimacy coordinator Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
Aside from taking to Twitter, fans also started a petition that has gained over 25,000 signatures.
“Amazon Prime has an upcoming Lord of the Rings series set before the trilogy. They have hired ‘intimacy coaches’ and have asked that actors be comfortable with doing nude scenes in the castings. Tolkien’s work is truly wholesome and packed with incredible Christian symbolism. He was a devout Catholic, and his memory does not need to be stained with gratuitous nudity or even nudity in the slightest. Tolkien’s creations have always been mostly FAMILY friendly…KEEP IT THAT WAY,” the Change.org petition’s description reads.
While there is no confirmation one way or the other regarding the show’s moral content, fans of the original book and movies hope that it maintains the spirit of Tolkein’s masterfully created world; void of excessive sex, nudity, and language that plagues many series today.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
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