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LOTR prequel TV series 2.0

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3 hours ago, Krishtotter said:

This was anticipated a while ago. In fact, there's some signs they actually sent out some filming crews back in November to do some shooting (probably background plates) so technically the series started production before the 30 November cut-off date, at which point the rights would have reverted to the Tolkien Estate.

Still quite bonkers that the earliest air date for this looks like late and possibly very late 2021.

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Unsurprisingly, filming has been suspended.

However, there seems to be more optimism that filming can be remounted. New Zealand has a tiny number of cases (10, 2 of which have fully recovered and no deaths) and has imposed strict controls on people entering the country. Presuming that the actors and crew don't leave, they can reassess in two weeks time and resume filming if things look good.

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8 hours ago, Werthead said:

However, there seems to be more optimism that filming can be remounted. New Zealand has a tiny number of cases (10, 2 of which have fully recovered and no deaths) and has imposed strict controls on people entering the country. Presuming that the actors and crew don't leave, they can reassess in two weeks time and resume filming if things look good.

I think if I was in New Zealand I wouldn't be in any hurry to leave at the moment.

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From Redanian, some new leaks of information - including a young actor Anson Boon (aged 20) who appeared most recently in the feature film 1917 but has also had past roles in The Alienist and other productions, as well as Ben Fransham, a Kiwi actor who actualy played minor roles in both the original trilogy and the Hobbit. 

Other information as well about Merrells's role and Megan Richards.

Full article here at the link (a few excerpts below): 

https://redanianintelligence.com/2020/05/22/amazons-lord-of-the-rings-adds-another-actor-and-two-more-roles-revealed/

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Just like many other projects, Amazon’s hugely ambitious Lord of the Rings prequel series was forced to halt production in March 2020 due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Filming of the first two episodes was reportedly nearing completion in New Zealand, after which the show was scheduled to go on a 4-5 month hiatus, allowing the writing team to map out the already confirmed second season. As Deadline reports, the shutdown is likely to segue into that period with filming to resume after the hiatus.

The bad news being, fans will likely have to brace for a time of relative silence as far as big productions updates are concerned. As for the good news, we can still expect some casting tidbits and other revelations – which may or may not help us to make sense of the bigger picture – to trickle through. Today’s article comes with a few such discoveries we recently made.

We have it on very good authority that Anson Boon has joined the cast of The Lord of The Rings. While his role remains unspecified, the young British actor has a certain ethereal look and we could easily see him as a young elf. Boon has had roles in various film and television productions such as Crawl, The Alienist and most recently Amazon’s The Feed. He will also appear as a series regular in the upcoming thriller series Shadowplay, alongside Taylor Kitch and Michael C. Hall.

Next up is Ben Fransham, a name that may be familiar to die-hard fans of the original The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Sharing a long history with the franchise, the Kiwi actor has played minor parts in Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of The Rings and The Two Towers, appearing as an elven warrior and an Uruk-hai. Years later, he was also involved in The Hobbit trilogy, both as a stunt performer and playing a goblin. We have learned that Fransham will be back for Amazon’s The Lord of The Rings, probably in a similar capacity if his resumé is anything to go by. 

 

 

Edited by Krishtotter

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It looks like filming will resume in August and the hiatus hasn't been as impactful as you'd think, as there was supposed to be a hiatus from March to August anyway.

I am starting to think that late 2021 for the show to air may be optimistic, and early 2022 is more likely at this stage.

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