Amazon Prime has released the first official stills from its mega-budget series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” as part of a major feature piece on the show for Vanity Fair.
The photos show off younger versions of the elves Elrond and Galadriel along with various new characters from the series. The photos come ahead of the show’s first trailer to premiere during the Superbowl.
Expected to run at least five seasons at a cost of well over $1 billion and showrun by Patrick McKay and JD Payne, the film unfolds in Middle Earth’s Second Age – thousands of years before the events of “The Lord of the Rings”.
The story begins with the wicked god Morgoth having been defeated and his apprentice, Sauron, has vanished. Galadriel is hunting down the last remnants of their collaborators who also killed her brother.
Their series reportedly juggles 22 regulars and multiple storylines ranging from the dwarf mines of the Misty Mountains at their peak to the high politics of the elven kingdom of Lindon to the powerful Atlantis-like island Numenor.
McKay also says don’t expect “Game of Thrones” levels of sex and violence as they aim to “make a show for everyone, for kids who are 11, 12, and 13, even though sometimes they might have to pull the blanket up over their eyes if it’s a little too scary.”
They do admit the biggest deviation of the text will be some time compression of significant events. J.A. Bayona (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) helms the first two episodes of the series which debuts on September 2nd.
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