Amazon Studios has made some big strides over the last year, but their prized jewel, the most expensive project they’ve ever done, Lord of the Rings, is still to come. In a newly-released synopsis for the series, obtained first by TheOneRing.net, “the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen” is teased, along with key Middle Earth locations such as the Misty Mountains, Lindon, and Númenor.
SYNOPSIS: “Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The 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. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”
That villain is, obviously, Sauron, who at this point has assumed a fair appearance in hopes of seducing the elven kings. This is also the time when he forges the One Ring, to rule all other rings.
Directing the series will be J. A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), joined by a cast that includes Robert Aramayo, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Owain Smith, Nazanin Boniadi, Peter Mullan, Benjamin Walker, and Morfydd Clark as Galadriel.