The Rings Of Power won’t be influenced by ‘modern politics’, says executive producer
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will not follow modern-day politics, according to the show’s executive producer.
As the countdown to the highly-anticipated show continues, showrunner Patrick McKay spilt the latest details to Total Film magazine.
“This was one of Tolkien's debate points with C.S. Lewis, his friend and colleague,” he said.
“It was very important that what he was creating was not an allegory. He was not commenting on historical events of his time or another time.
"He was not trying to transmit a message that spoke to contemporary politics. He wanted to create a mythos that was timeless, and would be applicable - that was his word, ‘applicable’ - the applicability across times.
He added: “Every single choice we’ve made at every turn of making this show has been to be faithful to that aspiration, because that’s what we want as viewers."
McKay added the aim is for the spin-off series to transcend time, and by straying away from ‘contemporary politics', it will avoid feeling ‘dated’.
He said: “We don’t want to adapt the material in a way that might feel dated. We aspire to being timeless. That’s why these books still speak to people so much, because so much of what’s in them has not aged a day. And we aspire to do the same thing.”
However, don’t expect to get more details than that, as the cast recently revealed to Time Magazine that the show creators went to extreme lengths to keep production top secret.
Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays a new character in the series, Arondir the elf, recalled how he didn’t know what type of role he was auditioning for, as the character’s description merely read ‘Aragorn-type man’.
However, during the final screen test, they disclosed to the actor the character was an elf.
Casting directors said to Ismael: “Actually, you’re playing an elf. It started to make sense because I was like, ‘Why does this man love trees so much?’”
And while actors were sworn to secrecy after signing their contracts, their friends and family suddenly became suspicious when they relocated to New Zealand.
Morfydd Clark, who plays the young Galadriel, said: “Lots of people guessed.
“Because when you’re moving to New Zealand, and your phone dial is suddenly different …”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to be released on September 2 on Prime Video.
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