The new Amazon Lord of the Rings series will be set thousands of years before the movies.
The original films were created by award-winning director Peter Jackson, and included a trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. He went on to direct three more movies based on the same author's book The Hobbit - all of which were box office hits.
But now, the franchise has spawned a new TV series which is in production with Amazon.
Having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, filming has begun again in New Zealand, where the movies were also shot.
Since it was announced three years ago, there's been loads of speculation around the details of the show - when and where it will take place, and who will feature in terms of characters.
In 2019, it was reported that the series would be set long before what happened in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Middle-earth show will be set in the Second Age - 3,000 years before the films, which are set in the Third Age.
The synopsis for the film reveals all: "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."
According to reports, the show has a $500 million budget, meaning it will be the most expensive TV series ever.
It's already signed up for five seasons, with the series given a second season already.
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