The premiere of Amazon Studios‘s epic, and epically expensive, high fantasy show “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” is just two months away. So, naturally, it’s time to start the hype train. And Amazon did just that today, as they dropped a new sneak peek for the show. The one-minute teaser barely gives anything away, but it hints at some otherworldly intrusion upon Middle-earth as an asteroid or meteor plummets through the sky. As one character puts it, “the skies are strange.”
The new show, set thousands of years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogies, is an all-new take on J.R.R. Tolkein‘s expansive fantasy world. The show takes place in Middle-earth’s Second Age and focuses on the last alliance between elves and men, as well as the rise of the dark lord Sauron.
A slew of new and up-and-coming actors lead the series, including Robert Aramayo as Elrond, whose ancestry includes both men and elves. Aramayo is perhaps best known for playing a young Ned Stark in another fantasy epic, “Game of Thrones.” Owain Arthur and Maxim Baldry also co-star alongside Aramayo as Durin IV and Isildur, respectively. Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, and Ismael Cruz Córdova also star, and the rest of the cast list for the series is massive.
Fans of Tolkien’s stories have eagerly awaited this new series for almost half a decade. Amazon bought the television rights to Tolkein’s appendices to his books for $250 million in November 2017 for a five-season commitment. And after the show started production, it quickly cemented its status as the most expensive TV series ever made. Producers estimate the show’s budget at over $50 million per side. “Lord Of The Rings” fans hope that those high production costs translate into a product as epic and lovable as Peter Jackson‘s original trilogy, films that garnered a total of 30 Academy Award nominations–and 17 wins. But with Jeff Bezos footing the bill, how could these films be lovable? A topic for another time, perhaps
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” premieres exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, with new episodes premiering weekly. Watch the new teaser below.