Amazon shared an exciting first look at its new Lord of the Rings series as it announced the show will premiere on September 2, 2022.

The Prime-exclusive series is one of the most hotly-anticipated shows of all time, with 240 countries set to receive it.

Filming has wrapped for the first season, but the show’s name is still to be announced, and there isn’t a lot known about the actual plot.

What is known, is that the middle-earth adventure is the most expensive television show in history, costing an eye-watering £334 million ($465 million) to make.

So, Amazon must be expecting big things.

An official synopsis reads: “The new epic drama brings to screens for the very first time J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history.

“Beginning in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, 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.”

According to Variety, the cast so far includes Morfydd Clark, who will portray a young Galadriel – played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Clark will join Markella Kavenagh (My First Summer), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Maxim Baldry (Years and Years), among others.

The series will be produced by Amazon Studios alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema.

The first still from the series has been released, which shows an unknown character standing in a field in front of a massive castle-like structure in an unknown area of middle earth.

The series was filmed in New Zealand, which no doubt means that we can expect some breathtaking scenery as we follow the characters on their journey.

Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studio’s head, said in a press release: “I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth!

Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay added: “As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’

“Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well.”

More information about the show is scheduled to be with us by autumn next year, but we are already sold.

Are you looking forward to the new series?