Super Bowl trailers aren’t just for the movies. There are trailers for streaming series too. And they don’t get any bigger than “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Amazon’s highly anticipated show thousands of years before the events of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the forging of the one great Ring, and the rise of Sauron.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” stars Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir, a silver elf. Córdova is the first person of color in the franchise to play an Elf. The character is in a forbidden relationship with Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), a human mother and healer who owns an apothecary in the Southlands. Markella Kavenagh plays Harfoot. While Sophia Nomvete, the franchise’s first Black woman, portrays the franchise’s first female Dwarf Disa.
The inclusivity of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is welcomed, considering the cinematic interpretations lacked diversity. Tolkien’s works are for everybody, and as such, it is essential that the readers and fans feel represented in that. It’s refreshing to see creatives are willing to risk the controversy to cast the best actors possible and tell a story for the fans.
What’s more, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” gives us a chance to see even more Middle Earth’s stories. So far, we’ve only seen the “One Ring” arc. But by setting the series thousands of years in the past, we get to see even more stories and newer characters and how their history sets the foundation for the “One Ring” story that we know now.
Here’s the official plot synopsis to “The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power.”
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.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is expected to launch exclusively on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.