It’s time to return to Middle Earth: the first trailer for Amazon’s incredibly ambitious The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has finally arrived during Super Bowl LVI, a first close look at the upcoming prequel series.
The trailer’s reveal comes after a steady stream of teasers for the upcoming series, set hundreds of years before the events of the hobbit or Under the spell of the Ring in what Tolkien called “The Second Age” of Middle Earth (as opposed to his more popular books and their film adaptations, which take place during the Third Age).
Amazon’s series will summarize part of Tolkien’s timeline from The Silmarilionspanning thousands of years and documenting key events in Middle Earth history, such as the fall of Númenor, the rise of Sauron, and—of course—the forging of the fabled (and titular) rings of power.
The rings of power will also feature a massive cast, featuring both well-known characters for Lord of the Rings fans such as Elrond (Robert Aramayo), Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and the human warrior Isildur (Maxim Baldry). The show also stars Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwaangobani.
Amazon also spends some real money to try and turn The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power into the next big fantasy hit: according to Vanity Fairthe company spent a whopping $250 million on the rights to the adaptation alone, on top of the staggering $462 million the company would have spent making the first season.
The first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will debut on Amazon Prime Video on September 2.