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The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is an upcoming computer-animated fantasy film that Kenji Kamiyama will direct. Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou wrote the film’s screenplay, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s work The Lord of the Rings. The War of the Rohirrim is the seventh film in the audiovisual canon of Middle-earth. It is the second animated film based on the novel, following The Lord of the Rings (1978), produced by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation. Sola Entertainment was responsible for the animation production. This film is a prequel that takes place 183 years before the events described in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). In this film, Brian Cox stars as Helm Hammerhand, a legendary King of Rohan. Miranda Otto reprises her role as Éowyn, played in the live-action The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Otto also stars.
In June of 2021, it was formally stated that Kamiyama, consultant Philippa Boyens, who co-wrote the Lord of the Rings feature trilogy, and early authors Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews would be involved in the production of the picture. At that time, the film’s development was moving rapidly, and it was announced along with their participation. By that point, animation development had already begun, and those films served as a source of visual inspiration. As of February 2022, Gittins and Papageorgiou were putting the finishing touches on the script.
- Brian Cox as Helm Hammerhand(voice)
- Miranda Otto as Eowyn(voice)
- Luke Pasqualino as Wulf(voice)
- Lorraine Ashbourne
- Shaun Dooley as Freca(voice)
- Janine Duvitski
- Gaia Wise as Hera(voice)
- Bilal Hasna as Jude Akuwudike
- Benjamin Wainwright
- Michael Wildman
- Yazdan Qafouri
- Laurence Ubong Williams as Fréaláf Hildeson(voice)
What is the Release Date of The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim?
The War of the Rohirrim is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. on April 12, 2024. It is scheduled to open on the same day as two untitled thrillers, Radio Silence and M. Night Shyamalan, are producing. During the celebrations commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema announced that they were expediting the production of a Lord of the Rings anime. They also vowed to continue working with the Tolkien estate on producing other films in the future. The chief executive officer of Warner Bros. has stated that the company is devoted to theatrical releases and will no longer produce movies that are intended solely for online streaming. As a result, the studio will only show the film in physical theaters. However, after its run in theaters and on digital platforms ends, it is anticipated that the movie will be made accessible to stream on W.B.D.’s recently renamed streaming service, Max.
Who is the Director of The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim?
Kenji Kamiyama is a Japanese animation director. In addition to his work on Jin-Roh, Patlabor, and Blood: The Last Vampire for the anime studio and production enterprise Production I.G., Kamiyama directed the anime television series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for them. This series was followed by a second season titled Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG and a television movie titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society.
What is the Plot of The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim?
The War of the Rohirrim is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers that takes place 183 years before the events of that film. It relates the narrative of Helm Hammerhand, the ninth king of Rohan and the last of the kingdom’s original line of Kings, and the genesis of the castle Helm’s Deep. There is a monument of Helm Hammerhand in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers, and Tolkien’s appendices provide much background information about his life. Hammerhand, who was born into the House of Eorl, is renowned for directing the Rohirrim through periods of upheaval that were plagued by wars and disputes with the Dunlendings, a tribe of wild men who were forced to live on the boundaries of Rohan by the Rohirrim and sought vengeance against them. Hammerhand is recognized for his leadership during these times.
Freca, a powerful Dunlending landowner of Rohirrim blood, wanted to arrange a marriage for his son Wulf and King Helm’s daughter Hera, which resulted in King Helm coming into conflict with Freca. Freca was named King Helm. Despite this, Helm managed to kill him with a single stroke inadvertently. Consequently, the Dunlendings, led by Wulf, launched an assault on Rohan, and Helm was ultimately victorious in this conflict. When cornered and forced to flee, he sought safety in what would become known as Helm’s Deep, which was eventually named in his honor. However, this is not the end of the story; rather, it is just the beginning of the stories surrounding Helm, who continues to defend the Rohirrim no matter what happens to him in life or death. At the same time, his daughter Hera will have to summon all the bravery she can muster to rally her people to fight back against those hellbent on their destruction. The events shown in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be followed by The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, focusing on the Rohirrim. On the other hand, their creative license and their path with the plot have yet to be revealed.