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Find Out Why the 'Lord of the Rings' Series Has a History-Making $465 Million Budget

Amazon‘s upcoming Lord of the Rings series is huge.

As previously reported, the show is set to make history for the most expensive season of television ever, with its estimated $465 million budget.

Now, Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke is opening up in a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter about the cost.

Find out what she said…More Here! »

'Lord of the Rings' Amazon Series to Be Most Expensive TV Show Ever Made - See the Estimated Cost!

The Lord of the Rings is going to be huge.

The forthcoming fantasy series at Amazon Studios will cost even more than previous estimates, THR reported Friday (April 16).

Amazon will spend roughly NZ$650 million, or $465 million in U.S. dollars, for the first season of the show, according to the report, beating out the previous estimate of $500 million for multiple seasons of the show.

“What I can tell you is Amazon is going to spend about $650 million in season one alone. This is fantastic, it really is…this will be the largest television series ever made,” said Stuart Nash, New Zealand Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, to Morning Report.

The estimate was released as part of the New Zealand government’s Official Information Act, initially reported by Stuff.

The documents also revealed that Amazon plans to film five seasons in New Zealand, as well as potential spinoff series.

Get the details…More Here! »

'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Cuts Tom Budge - Read His Explanation of What Happened

Amazon is working on turning the epic book series The Lord of the Rings into a television series and a previously announced cast member just revealed he has been cut from the show.

Tom Budge was among the many actors announced to be in the show back in January 2020, but he says he has departed the series due to creative reasons.

“Hello loves, It is with great sadness that I am writing to tell you I have departed Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings television series. After recently seeing the first episodes shot over the last year Amazon has decided to go in another direction with the character I was portraying,” Tom wrote on Instagram.

He continued, “I must thank the creative team for their encouragement towards trying something that I believed was new, exciting and beautiful. And I sincerely thank the extraordinary cast and crew for their love, support and friendship over what has been a very difficult and unusual experience. Alas, some things just cannot be. Destiny my mother, I thank thee.”

The upcoming series is going to take place hundreds of years before the events in the Peter Jackson film series, so it’s unknown who Tom was going to be playing.

An official synopsis for the upcoming series was released a couple months ago.

Amazon Reveals Synopsis for 'Lord of the Rings' Series, Teases Major Character's Return!

Amazon is sharing new information about the upcoming Lord of the Rings series!

The streaming service has released the the official synopsis for the upcoming series, which is expected to debut in late 2021 or early 2022.

Here’s the synopsis obtained by “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.”

While it hasn’t officially been confirmed yet, it looks like Sauron – the Dark Lord who rose to power during the Second Age – could be returning for the series, as many fans believe he is the “greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen” described in the synopsis.

Last month, the Lord of the Rings series announced 20 new actors joining the cast!

Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV Show Adds 20 New Cast Members

Amazon‘s Lord of the Rings series has added 20 new cast members.

THR has revealed the following additions have been made: Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Power), Maxim Baldry (Years and Years), newcomer Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman (Top of the Lake), Anthony Crum (The Wilds), Maxine Cunliffe (Power Rangers Megaforce), Trystan Gravelle (The Terror), Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch), Thusitha Jayasundera (Broadchurch), Fabian McCallum (You, Me & The Apocalypse), Simon Merrells (Knightfall),​ Geoff Morrell (Rake), Peter Mullan (Westworld), Lloyd Owen (Viva Laughlin), Augustus Prew (The Morning Show), Peter Tait (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Alex Tarrant (Filthy Rich), Leon Wadham (Power Rangers Beast Morphers), Benjamin Walker (Jessica Jones) and Sara Zwangobani (Home and Away).

“The world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is epic, diverse and filled with heart. These extraordinarily talented performers, hailing from across the globe, represent the culmination of a multiyear search to find brilliant and unique artists to bring that world to life anew,” showrunners/executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement. “The international cast of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series is more than just an ensemble. It is a family. We are thrilled to welcome each of them to Middle-earth.”

Meanwhile, the stars of the Lord of the Rings movies had a reunion earlier this year that you should watch!

'Lord of the Rings' Stars Have a Virtual Reunion - Watch! (Video)

The Lord of the Rings stars are reuniting!

As part of Josh Gad‘s Reunited Apart, costars Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and Sir Ian McKellen came together for a great cause while catching up.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of The Lord of the Rings

Together, the cast happily recalled stories from the set of the film franchise, with lots of laughter and memories.

The stream was in support of No Kid Hungry.

“We all know the implications of COVID-19 are far reaching, but we may not realize how school closures and economic stressors are significantly increasing childhood hunger rates in the U.S. The problem is two-fold as new financial strains make it harder for families to provide meals for their kids and food access programs that previously provided in-school meals need to quickly shift the way they operate. To help address this crisis, we humbly ask you to support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America,” Josh wrote.

This Lord of the Rings star revealed that she almost had a secret second role…

Cate Blanchett Pitched a Secret Second 'Lord of the Rings' Role!

Cate Blanchett originally had some other plans for the Lord of the Rings series!

The 51-year-old actress, who played Galadriel in the Peter Jackson movie series, originally pitched a secret cameo role to the director, she revealed on Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cate Blanchett

“For me it was super quick,” she said of her experience filming on set.

“There’s not too many chicks in the Tolkien universe. I loved it so much and I did say to Peter and [co-producer and co-writer] Fran [Walsh], they were doing a banquet scene with a whole lot of dwarves. I always wanted to play the bearded lady, so I asked them, ‘Could I be your hairy wife woman when you pan across the banquet table of dwarves?’ Of course I couldn’t because the timing shifted. But it takes them forever. For me, Galadriel it was just three weeks,” she said.

Cate first played Galadriel in 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, and is one of the only actors to be included in every Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie.

Despite the current shutdown, Cate just boarded two new upcoming films. Find out what she’s planning to star in…