Lord of the Rings is one of the most biggest shows currently being developed, and Amazon is sparing no expense, based on a peculiar behind-the-scenes detail revealed by one star. It takes a lot to bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagined universe to life, as those familiar with the technology that minimized its cast can attest, and His Dark Materials-turned-Lord of the Rings star Morfydd Clark has shared some details.
Late last year, His Dark Materials’ Morfydd Clark was cast in the iconic role of Galadriel, a character made famous in the film franchise by actress Cate Blanchett. The actress already has some insight into the wild precision that's going into the behind-the-scenes work to make Lord of the Rings a reality. In a world where every detail counts, Clark told NME:
I feel like I’ve got my fix of the massive stuff by doing Lord of the Rings. The amount of [people working] on this show is continually mind-blowing. One guy’s job consists just of seeing how dust reacts to footsteps and breath! That would never have even crossed my mind before. Other than something like Marvel, I don’t think things could get much bigger than this.
When you have somebody checking out breath-dust, it has gotten pretty intense behind the scenes. And when this kind of detail is being put into production, it should come as no surprise that the show has taken its security so seriously. Plus, when you dedicate this level of precision to a series, it would be regrettable for anything to leak. I'm curious as what caused the issue with dust to garner so much attention that a specialist of sorts had to get involved.
For Morfydd Clark, filming a show that requires this level of detail has satiated her desires to spread her wings into more massive fare. The upcoming Lord of the Rings star adds that she thinks only a Marvel production could mirror the TV show’s attention to detail. I believe she's probably onto something. Still, we don't quite know what's creating this dust-up. I have to imagine it's F/X related.
Whatever the case, The Lord of the Rings TV show, is clearly going all-out. It costs money to have a person look at something like dust flow, though there's still a chance they'll still be on staff for Season 2. There should still be dust around for someone to research, and both seasons are set to shoot back-to-back.
Earlier this year, many genre shows (including The Lord of the Rings) had to shut down production due to the coronavirus. Now that production is beginning to kick back in around the world, fans will have to stay tuned for more of its progress. As of right now, the show finally signed its lead back in March after a month-long ordeal to make the deal come together.
It should it all be smooth sailing from there but, wherever the dust ends up going, the much-anticipated series should be blowing in eventually. The Lord of the Rings TV show will ultimately debut on Amazon Prime Video. While you wait to return to Middle Earth and meet up with a younger Galadriel, check out this fall’s premieres.