Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema will be releasing a Lord of the Rings anime feature in 2024, according to Variety. The animated feature will be set roughly 2 centuries before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The title, Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim will dive into the adventures of Helm Hammerhand, the legendary King of Rohan, and the creation of Helm’s Deep — the featured setting in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Concept art (created by Weta Workshop) for the project shows that it draws massive amounts of inspiration from the world that Peter Jackson created in his 6 films. Director Kenji Kamiyama (Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Ghost in a Shell: Standalone Complex) and Blade Runner: Black Lotus producer, Joseph Chou, will be spearheading this anime feature and integrating their vision with that of Peter Jackson’s.
Many people who were attached to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films are set to return to work on The War of Rohirrim. Philippa Boyens, a part of the Oscar-winning screenwriting team for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, will executive produce the feature. While Boyens won’t be returning as a writer for the project, her daughter, Phoebe Gittins, will be coming aboard with Arty Papageorgiou to pen a screenplay based on a script by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews.
The creative team will also include Richard Taylor (Academy Award winner for their makeup and visual effects work on Lord of the Rings), Alan Lee (Academy Award winner for The Lord of the Rings art direction), and Tolkien illustrator John Howe.
Nerdist reports (via Deadline) that the plot revolves around “a sudden attack by Wulf, a clever and ruthless Dunlending lord seeking vengeance for the death of his father, forces Helm and his people to make a daring last stand in the ancient stronghold of the Hornburg – a mighty fortress that will later come to be known as Helm’s Deep. Finding herself in an increasingly desperate situation, Hera, the daughter of Helm, must summon the will to lead the resistance against a deadly enemy intent on their total destruction.”
In terms of casting, the main cast has been revealed to be Brian Cox, Gaia Wise, and Miranda Otto. The voice ensemble includes Lorraine Ashbourne (Netflix’s Bridgerton), Yazdan Qafouri (I Came By), Benjamin Wainwright (BBC One’s World on Fire), Laurence Ubong Williams (Gateway), Shaun Dooley (Netflix’s The Witcher), Michael Wildman (Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw), Jude Akuwudike (Beasts of No Nation), Bilal Hasna (BBC’s Sparks) and Janine Duvitski (ITV’s Benidorm).
The Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim is set for an April 12, 2024 release.
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Photos via Warner Bros., New Line Cinema