Upcoming Prime Video The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power The series promises to be an epic undertaking, but it will be very different from the trilogy that Peter Jackson made in the early 2000s. The new show is set 1000 years before the Lord of the Rings, and concept artist John Howe recently teased, “It’s not Middle-earth you remember.” The upcoming show has drawn reactions from stars of previous films, including Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), who has expressed his enthusiasm for the show. Another the Lord of the Rings alum, Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and admitted he had forgotten the series was happening, but said he planned to watch.
“What is that?” Mortensen replied when asked about power rings. “The TV thing? Is it with Apple, or what?” After getting a little preview of the show, which is coming to Prime Video, he added “Oh ok. Yeah I’ll watch this… Do you know what source material they’re using? What is that they were allowed to use?” After learning that the series was related to Tolkien’s domain, Mortensen replied, “That’s cool… It’ll be fun to see.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place during the Second Age of Middle-earth. It begins during a period of relative peace following the defeat of Morgoth, Sauron’s master. The series chronicles the lives and adventures of its cast and promises to visit the Misty Mountains, the forest elf capital of Lindon and the shores of the island kingdom of Númenor.
The show’s full 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.
“I, for one, am excited,” Astin previously shared. “I saw the preview, and it gave me chills. It looks like they got it. I said all the time, they’re going to do it well. There’s no average Amazon paying nearly a billion dollars for a franchise just to screw it up.” He added: “You’re just thinking, how long until it’s fresh? For a whole, at least a generation or two, it’s going to be brand new… They’ll eventually find out about our version of The Lord of the Rings as a result to see what will be new for them.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will debut on Prime Video on September 2.