Amazon Studios is set to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings book series to life on the Amazon Prime streaming service and the new epic series will feature a familiar villain at its core.

According to, the description of the upcoming series teases who will be the antagonist of the series;

“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.”

Set before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the second age of Middle Earth featured the rise of Sauron as the main antagonist. The series is currently filming its first season and has already been renewed for a second according to Deadline. J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is directing the first two episodes as well as serving as executive producer.

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