Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power trailer fades Comic-Con: Preview

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video’s massive fantasy TV series based on the works of author JRR Tolkien, caused its biggest buzz yet at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, with a brand new trailer unveiling the most complete picture yet for what’s in store for the show. The Comic-Con panel was moderated by Lord of the Rings superfan Stephen Colbert.

A little over a week ago, Amazon released a new teaser for The Rings of Power, which is short on story and showcases the many realms of Middle-earth in the show. In contrast, the new trailer establishes the central backbone of the story: we first see Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) standing in front of a huge pile of empty helms, hinting at the casualties suffered in the last great war to scour the world of evil to eradicate. Although his name is not mentioned in the trailer, Tolkien fans know that the evil is Morgoth – the first Dark Lord of Middle-earth and mentor to the villain who dominates Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Sauron.

And indeed Sauron plays a big role in the new trailer. WAs the people of Middle-earth bask in a time of great peace and prosperity, we see Sauron already working to regain power while the rest of the characters grapple with increasingly difficult circumstances – including Galadriel, who is swimming for her life some some kind of sea monster destroys her boat behind her.

Exactly who is playing Sauron remains a mystery, as only parts of the character’s body (mainly his menacing hands and arms) appear on screen. There’s also a couple of shots of an ethereal, pale-skinned man seemingly acting for Sauron – although Tolkien fans know Sauron is capable of changing his appearance.

However, the creature that roars at the very end of the trailer is unmistakable: the Balrog, the monster of smoke and fire that so memorably haunts the mines of Moria – aka Khazad-dûm – in The Fellowship of the Ring. However, this story takes place thousands of years after the events of The Rings of Power, so it remains to be seen how the Balrog plays into this show.

The trailer was unveiled during the 90-minute Comic-Con panel for “The Rings of Power,” but it was previewed to press Thursday night at a lavish dinner in San Diego with the cast, creators and executives from Amazon. The company has long targeted Comic-Con as the launch pad for the series en route to its September 2 global debut. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the company, which acquired the rights to the series from the Tolkien estate for a staggering $250 million at the end of 2017. The eight-part first season reportedly cost an additional $465 million, which is what “The Rings of Power” probably the most expensive TV series in history.

The Comic-Con panel featured a rousing musical performance from the Rings of Power score – conducted by series composer Bear McCreary – with a choir singing in Elvish and a violinist in full rock star regalia.

Filmed in New Zealand in 2020 and 2021, the series also features a sprawling cast of nearly 40 actors, many of whom were present during the Comic-Con panel. These include Clark, Robert Aramayo (Elrond), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Míriel), Owain Arthur (Durin IV), Maxim Baldry (Isildur), Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Arondir), Charles Edwards (Celebrimbor), Trystan Gravelle (Pharazôn), Lenny Henry (Sadoc Burrows), Ema Horvath (Eärien), Markella Kavenagh (Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot), Simon Merrells (Trevyn), Tyroe Muhafidin (Theo), Sophia Nomvete (Disa), Lloyd Owen ( Elendil), Megan Richards (Poppy Proudfellow), Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfood), Charlie Vickers (halbrand), Leon Wadham (Kemen), Benjamin Walker (High King Gil-galad), Daniel Weyman (The Stranger) and Sara Zwangobani (Marigold brandy foot).

Ian Blackburn, Beau Cassidy, Kip Chapman, Amelie Child-Villiers, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Will Fletcher, Thusitha Jayasundera, Joseph Mawle, Fabian McCallum, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait and Alex Tarrant complete the cast .

They were joined by executive producers and showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, executive producer and director JA Bayona, directors Wayne Che Yip and Charlotte Brändström, and executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon TalYguado.

The second season of The Rings of Power is already in development and is part of Amazon’s five-year commitment to the Tolkien Estate. Check out the new trailer below.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/lord-of-the-rings-rings-of-power-trailer-comic-con-1235320595/ Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power trailer fades Comic-Con: Preview

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