The series is set before the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Photo: Rex).

Amazon’s highly anticipated Lord of the Rings series is going to cost a whopping $465 million.

The upcoming television adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel is set before the events of the critically acclaimed trilogy, the last of which, The Return of the King, was released in 2003.

Although filming of the show in New Zealand was halted last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, production was reportedly completed in December.

Stuart Nash, New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, recently expressed his enthusiasm for a fantastic adventure in the country.

the politician said confidently: It will be the biggest TV series ever produced, he adds: But what I can tell you is that Amazon will spend about $650 million on the first season alone, reports the New Zealand newspaper Stuff.

650 million in New Zealand equals $465 million in US dollars and £336 million in British pounds.

The third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the King, was released in 2003 (The New Movie Line).

If Amazon had spent $650 million in New Zealand dollars on the first season of the series, the company would have been eligible for a refund of over $160 million from the government.

According to the publication, Stewart could not confirm the exact amount Amazon would receive, but said it would be more than $100 million in New Zealand currency.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has been valued at $500 million so far, which would already be a record amount.

The Lord of the Rings series has a stellar cast, including Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo and Maxim Baldry.

The synopsis of the series was revealed in January this year, revealing that it will be about the heroic legends of the second legendary era of medieval history.

This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R.’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien and will transport viewers to a time when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose and fell in glory, unlikely heroes were put to the test, hope hung by a thread and the greatest villain ever from Tolkien’s pen threatened to plunge the world into darkness, according to a synopsis posted on TheOneRing.net.

Plus: Amazon Prime Video

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble of familiar and new players as they battle the long-awaited resurrection of evil in Middle-earth.

From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the Elf Capital of Lyndon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Numenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters have created a legacy that lives on long after their deaths.

The Lord of the Rings series will be available on Amazon Prime Video.

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