Lord Of The Rings TV Series Could Be R-Rated

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Amazon’s ridiculously expensive Lord of the Rings TV series could be taking a page out of Game of Thronesbook(s) for its approach towards adult content – and we’re not just talking about the violence, either.

The notoriously secretive production has once again been outed by their online listings and casting calls, seeking out an intimacy coordinator – think the sex equivalent of a fight choreographer – as well as actors “comfortable with nudity”.

Adding an element of sex is fast becoming the norm in the realm of fantasy shows post-Game of Thrones. But while the likes of Game of Thrones and even The Witcher have source material explicitly alluding to sex, Lord of the Rings does not (there’s a joke somewhere here about the fandom but it feels lazy). J.R.R. Tolkien was, after all, as Catholic as they come.

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Naturally, fans were quick to voice their opinions regarding the HBO-ification of a beloved universe. Already uncertain about the upcoming series’ direction given it’s an entirely unexplored storyline, the prospect of a Lord of the Rings TV series earning its R-rating for the wrong reasons has certainly ruffled feathers. Amazon Prime Video, however, has yet to confirm or deny the latest reveal.

Set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, Amazon’s Lord of the Ring TV series will star:

  • Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones)
  • Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones)
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova (The Mandalorian)
  • Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland)
  • Tom Budge (The Pacific)
  • Owain Arthur (The Palace)
  • Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
  • Ema Horvath (The Gallows Act II)
  • Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper)
  • Charlie Vickers (Medici)
  • Daniel Weyman (Gentleman Jack)

With a current total series budget exceeding US$1 billion – US$250 million for the rights alone – filming has just resumed in New Zealand, and a release scheduled for sometime in 2021.