Wayne Che Yip Joins Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series As Director/EP
Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings‘ has added wonderful British Chinese director Wayne Che Yip to the creative team of its original series as a director and co-executive producer the streaming service has announced.
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. 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.
Casting for the show includes (takes a deep breath…) Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker and Sara Zwangoban. However, at the moment, we have no idea who anyone is playing…
Wayne Che Yip joins the international ensemble cast, currently filming in New Zealand, to direct four episodes. He continues the work of Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona, who directed the first two episodes of the series. You may not know the name off the top of your head, however, you are likely to have seen Yip’s work. He has directed a string of popular genre content including ‘Hunters’, ‘Preacher’, ‘Utopia’ (Channel 4 original) and ‘Doctor Who’, and has recently directed episodes of Amazon Studios’ upcoming epic fantasy series, ‘The Wheel of Time’.
As previously announced, the series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, who are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip, and producer Christopher Newman.
Seasons 1 and 2 of the ‘Lord Of The Rings‘ tv series are currently being filmed back-to-back in New Zealand and will air on Amazon Prime worldwide.