“The Lord of the Rings” series on Amazon: Jeff Bezos at the preview

Los Angeles hosted the world premiere on Monday night of the first two episodes of the highly anticipated Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, which aired on Amazon Prime video. All in the presence of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, very involved in this project.

The happy few were delighted. Monday evening saw the world premiere of the first two episodes of the long-awaited series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, which will be broadcast worldwide from September 2 on the Amazon Prime video platform. .

And Jeff Bezos, the big boss of the Seattle firm, very involved in this project, the most important since the launch of the streaming platform, made the trip himself, mingling with the stars and producers of the series. at Culver Studios in Los Angeles, where the first two episodes screened before a grand light show featuring dozens of illuminated drones.

The most expensive series in history

The colossal cost of the program, nearly a billion dollars, immediately places it as the most expensive in the history of the series since the acquisition, five years ago, of the rights to adapt a part from the JRR Tolkien universe for $250 million.

An amount that does not seem extravagant according to producer Lindsey Weber, who told AFP that the billion-dollar budget was “a very catchy headline that people like to talk about”, promising that viewers would see “that the money is really on the screen”.

The staggering cost of the series is explained by “the construction of five seasons”, she specified, each of them having to last ten hours.

“If you look at what it costs to make a feature film, by comparison, it’s really a bargain,” she added, referring to Hollywood studios’ mega-budget blockbusters. more prestigious.

A leap into Middle-earth’s past

“The Rings of Power” takes place 4,000 years before the Third Age and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, already adapted for the big screen by Peter Jackson in the early 2000s, and which had already revived the fervor for the works of the British author JRR Tolkien. The stories that will be visible on Amazon Prime thus take place during the Second Age, a fictional historical period that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, the writings being less detailed than for the Lord of the Rings.

The cast of the series is, intentionally, relatively unknown globally.

The two central characters are embodied by Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo, who play much rejuvenated versions of Galadriel and Elrond, characters already familiar to fans of the “Lord of the Rings” films.

“It’s an epic adventure story, with universal themes, and it’s a real labor of love – we all worked very, very hard on it, and I hope people enjoy it,” Robert Aramayo commented. during this preview.

Also present were Maxim Baldry, who will play Isildur, of whom Aragorn is the descendant. Ismael Cruz Córdova (the Elf Arondir) and Owain Arthur (the dwarf Lord Durin IV) also made the trip. Note that some of the descendants of JRR Tolkien (who gave their approval to this adaptation) were also present.

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