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Lord Of The Rings: Amazon’s TV series shares first picture from $1billion set

The Fellowship is beginning to take shape (Picture: Rex)

Lord Of The Rings has celebrated Tolkien Reading Day with a first look at the set of the $1billion (£736million) Amazon series.

The series, which has an all-star cast lined-up already, is currently filming in New Zealand, but the team couldn’t resist teasing fans with what’s to come on this new adaptation of Middle Earth.

Posting on a sandy beach, the black-and-white photo shows a clapperboard bearing the name of director Wayne Che Yip, and Aaron Morton, the director of photography (DOP).

Keen not to give too much away though, the cheeky team have blacked out the show’s official title – leaving us guessing as to what’s in store.

Hey, at least it’s something, finally!

Lord Of The Rings has been keeping the plot pretty close to its chest since it was announced, however it won’t be like the JRR Tolkien novels – or the films that it spawned.

The picture of the beach hints at what’s to come in middle earth (Picture: Amazon)

The official synopsis has disclosed that the show will date back to thousands of years before the events of Lord Of The Rings, and will ‘take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness’.

Production was disrupted due to the country-wide coronavirus lockdown, but is now back in business – with stars including Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson Maxim Baldry, Behind Her Eyes’ Robert Aramayo and Nazanin Boniadi.

The new story will be based thousands of years before Frodo and the Fellowship’s adventures (Picture: Rex)

However, there has been some shift in the show’s plans, with castmember Tom Budge axed from production earlier this month so bosses could ‘go in another direction’.

‘After recently seeing the first episodes shot over the last year Amazon has decided to go in another direction with the character I was portraying…

‘I must thank the creative team for their encouragement towards trying something that I believed was new, exciting and beautiful.

‘And I sincerely thank the extraordinary cast and crew for their love, support and friendship over what has been a very difficult and unusual experience. Alas, some things just cannot be.

‘Destiny my mother, I thank thee.’

Lord Of The Rings is yet to be given a release date on Amazon Prime Video.

Credit: Original article published here.

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