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The Lord of the Rings - Creative Team Set by Amazon

Amazon has unveiled the creative fellowship behind their upcoming TV series adaptation. Markella Kavenagh is in talks to join the drama set to begin filming in 2020.

JD Payne and Patrick McKay serve as the showrunners. Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is attached to direct the first two episodes of the fantasy prequel and will also serve as an executive producer, alongside his partner Belén Atienza. The project has a 5 season commitment plus a potential spinoff.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series will take us back to Middle Earth during the Second Age where it'll explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.

"This team is our Fellowship — assembled from around the world, all walking the road together to try and accomplish something far greater than any of us could on our own. We feel humbled and extremely lucky to be surrounded by such inspiring and talented women and men," said McKay and Payne.

Writers / Executive Producers Gennifer Hutchison (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Jason Cahill (Halt and Catch Fire, The Sopranos, ER), Justin Doble (Stranger Things, Fringe), Helen Shang (Hannibal, 13 Reasons Why)
Consulting Writer Glenise Mullins
Consulting Producers Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4) and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones)
Director Episodes 1 & 2 / Executive Producer J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Executive Producer Belén Atienza (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Executive Producer Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Leftovers)
Executive Producer Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire, Westworld, The Pacific)
Executive Producer Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Trek Beyond),
Co-Producer Ron Ames (The Aviator, The Departed, Star Trek Into Darkness, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Costume Designer Kate Hawley (Crimson Peak, Edge of Tomorrow, Suicide Squad)
Production Designer Academy Award Winner Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Visual Effects Supervisor Academy Award Winner Jason Smith (The Revenant, The Avengers, Super 8)
Tolkien scholar Tom Shippe
Illustrator/Concept Artist John Howe (The Lord of the Rings film trilogy)

Additional information via The Hollywood Reporter.