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Amazon Studios

For months, details about the new series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy have been mysterious at best. But now we finally have a release date.


Amazon has been churning out ambitious new projects left and right through its streaming service, Prime Video. The Expanse and The Boys are just two examples of the success they have encountered thus far. Now, they're turning their sights on a relatively untouched corner of modern pop culture: The Lord of the Rings. Though the original novels have already been the subject of several award-winning blockbuster adaptations, the surrounding universe, ripe with potential, was left untouched. That is, until Amazon bought the television rights for The Lord of the Rings for 250 million dollars in November of 2017. Jeff Bezos personally supervised the transaction with zest, hoping to create something that could compete with HBO's Game of Thrones (which at the time was taken seriously as a titan of television).

Since then, little has emerged about their new project. Over the past few years, it has been confirmed only that a few actors (particularly Robert Aramayo) would be appearing in the show, and that the story would be a prequel to the original three films. Yesterday, it was announced that filming for the first season had concluded. After an initial delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they had begun production in New Zealand, where the previous movies had been filmed and the homeland of director Peter Jackson.

Now, with the show nearing completion, Amazon Studios has announced an expected release date. The first episode will debut in one year and one month on Friday, September 2nd, 2022. Another episode will air every subsequent week, with a current total of eight confirmed episodes. The show will be exclusively available on Prime Video for subscribers.

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Netflix

Get ready Netflix fans! The platform just announced that two of its biggest stars are joining together for their newest movie.

Netflix revealed to TODAY that their latest film project is bringing Joey King, from The Kissing Booth, and Chase Stokes, from Outerbanks, together to play the two lead roles.

The new movie is an adaptation based off of the hit young adult sci-fi series Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Rumors about a film adaptation for the series have been circulating since the first novel's release, so Netflix's announcement comes as quite the pleasant surprise for fans.

Netflix had already teased that King was joining the cast for Uglies, however Stokes' involvement in the production was completely unknown until Tuesday. Along with announcing Stokes as the latest addition to the cast, Brianne Tju, from MTV's Scream, and Keith Powers, from the Freeform drama Famous in Love, will also be joining.

Uglies takes place in a dystopian society where beauty standards are taken to whole new extremes. Instead of getting your driver's permit at 16, teenagers are instead forced to get a complete reconstructive surgery, making them absolutely flawless--but that seems to be the flaw.

King is set to play the main protagonist of the film, Tally Youngblood, who will do literally anything to avoid her surgery. The roles of Stokes, Tju, and Powers still have yet to be released.

Uglies will be directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, and Krista Vernoff is heading the screenplay adaptation. King will be executive producing the film alongside Jamie King, John Fox, and Scott Westerfield himself.

A premiere date for Uglies has yet to be disclosed.

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