After scouting various locations Amazon’s LOTR series is confirmed to be filming in New Zealand
In the last two decades, New Zealand has become synonymous with the landscape of Middle-Earth following its picturesque countryside being selected as the perfect setting for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Peter Jackson’s glorious movies turned the beautiful and often hostile terrain into the perfect backdrop for the adventures on middle-earth and heightened the tourist trade for years to come. However, when Amazon announced plans for an all-new LOTR series to headline its Prime streaming service, fans were shocked when it announced other locations were being considered.
Thankfully, cooler heads have prevailed and New Zealand will officially retain its title as the home of middle-earth after Amazon confirmed the series will be shooting along its idyllic green hills, scenic mountains and beautiful clear lakes. The news comes from an Amazon press release, which confirmed that pre-production has begun, and in a few months, shooting will commence in Auckland.
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay opened up about the process in the press release expressing their eagerness to begin filming in the true home of LOTR:
“As we searched for the location in which we could bring to life the primordial beauty of the Second Age of Middle-earth, we knew we needed to find somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains, that also is a home to world-class sets, studios, and highly skilled and experienced craftspeople and other staff. And we’re happy that we are now able to officially confirm New Zealand as our home for our series based on stories from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. We are grateful to the people and the government of New Zealand and especially Auckland for supporting us during this pre-production phase. The abundant measure of Kiwi hospitality with which they have welcomed us has already made us feel right at home, and we are looking forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.”
The Amazon series is set several thousand years before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring during the Second Age dubbed “The Age of Numenor” and has cast Will Poulter in the lead role. Joining him will be actress Markella Kavenagh who has been confirmed as playing a character named Tyra. Little else is known about the series, or whether Sauron will be making his presence known, however, with the story taking place during the era of his reign it is highly likely that the master of Mount Doom will be casting his eye over proceedings.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is expected to transport us to middle-earth sometime in 2021.
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Source: The Guardian