Over the past several months, concerns over Amazons’ treatment of J.R.R. Tolkiens’ Lord of the Rings lore has been met with mostly skepticism, shock and disappointment. With its’ premiere coming up fast in September, it might be worth knowing they are not the only ones making an adaption of the Lord of the Rings story. Warner Bros. Pictures just announced yesterday cast member news and production updates on an adaption of a Lord of the Rings story.
The movie, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, centers around the fate of the House of Helm Hammerhand, the mighty King of Rohan, a character from the book’s appendix. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama, the movie is set 183 years before the events chronicled in the original trilogy of films. A sudden attack by Wulf, a clever and ruthless Dunlending lord seeking vengeance for the death of his father, forces Helm and his people to make a daring last stand in the ancient stronghold of the Hornburg – a mighty fortress that will later come to be known as Helm’s Deep. Finding herself in an increasingly desperate situation, Hera, the daughter of Helm, must summon the will to lead the resistance against a deadly enemy intent on their total destruction.
Brian Cox (Braveheart, The Ring, HBO Max Succession series) will be voicing Helm Hammerhand. Gaia Wise (A Walk in the Woods) is voicing Hera. Luke Pasqualino (Snowpiercer, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome) will be voicing Wulf.
Miranda Otto, who originally played in Peter Jacksons’ The Lord of the Rings movies as Éowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan, will reprise her role and serve as the narrator.
Other cast members include Lorraine Ashbourne (Netflix’s Bridgerton), Yazdan Qafouri (I Came By), Benjamin Wainwright (BBC One’s World on Fire), Laurence Ubong Williams (Gateway), Shaun Dooley (Netflix’s The Witcher), Michael Wildman (Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Jude Akuwudike (Beasts of No Nation), Bilal Hasna (BBC’s Sparks) and Janine Duvitski (ITV’s Benidorm).
There are several members of the people behind the trilogy movies returning to work on the anime movie. One of the screenwriting team members of the Jackson trilogy, Philippa Boyens, is on as executive producer. Other creative collaborators returning from The Lord of the Rings trilogy also include Alan Lee and Richard Taylor, along with Tolkien illustrator John Howe.
Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus TV series) is the producer. Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou have penned the screenplay from a script by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, based on the book The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Director Kenji Kamiya is best known for directing other anime works including Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of The East, and the 5th episode of the Star Wars Visions anime, The Ninth Jedi.
The animation is currently underway at Sola Entertainment. The film will be distributed theatrically around the world by Warner Bros. Pictures on April 12, 2024.
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