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Amazon's 'The Lord Of The Rings' Show Casts Critical Character From Movies

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Amazon's 'The Lord Of The Rings' Show Casts Critical Character From Movies

Amazon's adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings, which seems to be gunning for the title of the most expensive television series ever made, has cast one of the pivotal characters from the prologue of the movies.

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Stunningly enough, Amazon secured the series’ global television rights for a nauseating $250 million, before it had even sketched out any sort of plan or asked anyone if they wanted to be involved on the adaptation. Luckily, when your company rakes in about $17.2 million in revenue and scores 12 Academy Award nominations and two wins for its original projects, these things tend to sort themselves out. 

Set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this show will offer a new set of stories for familiar fans and fantasy mavens to sink their teeth into. As you might have guessed, the first season was filmed in New Zealand in order to maintain the artistic vision. "We're going to have to go somewhere interesting that could provide those locations in a really authentic way, because we want it to look incredible," said head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke in an interview with Deadline. "There's no shortage of ambition for the project. We'll go where we need to go to make it happen."

Check out gameplay of The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum below, centering on one of the most complex and intriguing characters from the books!

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Redanian Intelligence (a fansite focusing on The Witcher show) has heard rumblings about The Lord Of The Rings show, more specifically about a character called “Cole.” That was a codename for the person who actor Maxim Baldry will play, and he was announced to be attached to the show in December of last year. 

The scoop asserts that “Cole” is in fact Isildur, the king of Gondor who fought against Sauron in a seven year battle in Barad-dûr. This part of the story is told in a prologue in The Fellowship of the Ring, where we see Elrond plead with Isildur to throw the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom, and he refuses. As this show is set in the Second Age, we’ll get a glimpse at Isildur before his fall from grace and his unfortunate death which causes the One Ring to be lost once again. 

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Baldry is well-known for his role playing Liam Donovan in Hollyoaks as well as Caesarion in Rome and Viktor Goraya in Years and Years. Expectedly, neither Baldry nor Amazon have come forward to confirm or deny his casting as the ill-fated King of Gondor, so we’ll have to take this with a pinch of salt. 

Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings will come to Amazon Prime on September 22nd, 2022, releasing its eight episodes on a weekly basis.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema, Amazon Studios

Topics: The Lord Of The Rings, TV And Film, Amazon

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