20 minutes of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR OF THE ROHIRRIM debuts in Annecy to ‘thunderous applause’

Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema recently unveiled 20 minutes of footage from their upcoming Middle-earth anime epic The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim.

The footage was screened at the Annecy Animation Festival and, according to Variety, was greeted with “thunderous applause” during a packed presentation Tuesday at the Annecy Animation Festival.

This is a project I’m incredibly excited about and the footage has yet to be officially shared for everyone to see.

The film is directed by Kenji Kamiyanawho said he was “inspired not only by JRR Tolkien’S The Hobbit AND The Lord of the Rings books, but from the films of Peter Jackson AND Fran Walsh”, who are the executive producers of the film.

Kamiyana (Blade Runner: Black Lotus AND Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) spoke to Andy Serkis during a panel at the event and Serkis said, “The fans are going to go crazy for this.”

The story is set two centuries before the events of Tolkien The Hobbit AND The Lord of the Ringsand “will explore the exploits of Helm Hammerhand (Brian Cox), the King of Rohan, and the creation of Helm’s Deep, the stronghold.”

The film is set 183 years before the events depicted in the original film trilogy. “A sudden attack by Wulf, a cunning and ruthless Dunland lord seeking revenge for his father’s death, forces Helm and his people to make a daring last stand in the ancient hold of Hornburg, a mighty fortress which later became known as Helm’s Deep.

“Finding herself in an increasingly desperate situation, Héra of Rohan (Gaia Saggia), Helm’s daughter, must summon the will to lead the resistance against a mortal enemy bent on their total destruction.

In the footage shown, “a dispute erupts during a council meeting, leaving Wulf, a ruthless lord of Dunlending, seeking revenge. Miranda Otto he takes it back Lord of the Rings Éowyn’s role, this time as the film’s narrator.”

Filippa Boyens he explained that the film tells a story that is a “very human – and political – struggle.” She went on to say that the film “isn’t about the Ring, it’s not about the Dark Lord. This is all very peripheral to the story.

One of the things that appealed to him about the story was the examination of honor, revenge and family ties on both sides. “For Helm, there is a madness born of the grief of losing the child. With Wulf there is his relationship with his father and with Héra.

The story will also include the historical grievances of the Dunlendings, that the lords of Gondor had given what the Dunlendings believed was their land to the Rohirrim.

Boyens goes on to tease a key moment in the film, saying, “And there’s a moment in the film, which is incredibly heartbreaking and powerful, where Wulf commits to a course of action that he can’t walk away from. And once he does, the story goes dark.

He also explained that the film will be both epic and claustrophobic: “So, yeah, it starts with these large-scale battles, but it actually gets more intense and… claustrophobic.” And then he revealed that “the nature of the film almost turns into a ghost story.”

He said: “As the siege takes hold, as rumors of the horror begin to spread. And I can give you a little preview and let you know that even though we said it’s not about the Ring and it’s not about the Dark Lord… there are the White Mountains and there are creatures [out there].”

Wise Gala (A walk in the woods) will play Hammerhand’s daughter, Hera, and Luca Pasqualino (Snowpiercer) will play Wulf. The rest of the voice cast includes Lorraine Ashbourne (from Netflix Bridgerton), Yazdan Qafouri (I came), Benjamin Wainwright (BBC One World on fire), Laurence Ubong Williams (Brings), Shaun Dooley (from Netflix The witcher), Michael Wildmann (Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Jude Akuwudike (Beasts of no nation), Bilal Hasna (BBC Sparks), AND Janine Duvitski (by ITV Benidorm).

The film is currently in production at Sola Entertainment. The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim debuts in theaters on December 13th.

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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