Orcs and visual effects are at the core of the Lord of the Rings movies, but they will play an even bigger role in Prime Video’s upcoming series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and they will be a lot more. more real, according to a new preview from Golden News.
“I love orcs,” said Jamie Wilson, head of the show’s prosthetics department. “I love creature design so I’m really happy to talk about this. JD and Patrick, the showrunners, the first page of your [show] the bible was about the orcs. They have a real passion for them, love practical prosthetics and design, and felt they needed to explore given that we are in the Second Age and thousands of years before the events of the Third Age. [and the existing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films]. It was really important for them to treat them as their own culture and explore the world on their own legs in their own right.”
In general, the showrunners try to give the orcs a more three-dimensional life than in the movies, where they served less as a character and more as an overwhelming obstacle for the protagonists.
“We spent a lot of time talking about what it would mean to be an orc in the Second Age,” said executive producer Lindsey Weber. “It seemed fitting that their appearance was different, part of a wilder, rawer Second Age Middle-earth, closer to where the First Age ends. When we meet them, they’re not organized into armies yet, they’re a bit more spread out, and they’ve been poking around. So it’s just a different moment in their total story.”
As part of that, they seek to broaden the idea of what it means to be an orc and what orcs are like.
“There are some female orcs that I really loved,” Weber said. “But there is one orc in particular, who is very, very tall and strong, who has a particularly nice fight with one of our elven characters that I suspect he will be, or hope will be, a fan favorite.”
While the orcs should be relatable even to casual Lord of the Rings fans, they will look a bit different.
“It’s a bit like these are the baby versions,” Wilson explained. “It’s not really babies, but it’s them coming out of the dark. So this is early. If you go to past movies about them, you see them and they’re pretty battle damaged… This is kind of like before the next one.” series of great battles. They don’t have as many battle scars, but they are dealing with some skin conditions from their exposure to the sun.”
Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power is scheduled to hit Prime Video on September 2, 2022. It’s not yet known if we’ll find out if Orcs have restaurants and menus for the original trilogy quote to make sense.
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