Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel series is barely into development but that hasn’t stopped it from already being renewed.
As reported by Deadline, the streaming giant has renewed the show for a second season according to Amazon Studios head, Jennifer Saulke. The show was planned to be getting a multi-series run from the start, but the approval for each series still has to be checked off regardless.
What this means for fans of the Middle Earth-based show is that there’ll be a shorter gap between the end of season one and the beginning of season two. However, the early renewal has come with a little bad news for those eagerly awaiting the series.
According to Deadline, the renewal came with the caveat that there will now be a four-five month filming hiatus once the first two episodes from the first season have wrapped up.
Showrunners and executive producers, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, will then use this hiatus to “map out and write the bulk” of the second season.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Game of Thrones’ very own Benjen Stark – played by Joseph Mawle – will be joining the series as a villain and he’s expected to be in a pretty central role.
Mawle has reportedly been cast opposite Will Poulter, who’ll be playing series protagonist Beldor, and Markella Kavenagh who’ll apparently be playing a character named Tyra.
The Middle Earth series has yet to get a release date or even a confirmed name, but it’s expected to drop its first season at some time in 2021-2022.
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