May 13, 2021
Amazon Studios announced today that Swedish-French director Charlotte Brändström has joined the creative team of its forthcoming Amazon Original “The Lord of the Rings” television series.
Continuing on the work of Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona and British Chinese director Wayne Che Yip, Brändström joins the international ensemble cast, currently filming the $500 million budget series in New Zealand, to direct two episodes.
Brändström is an International Emmy Award-nominee for “Julie, chevalier de Maupin.” She has also directed more than 30 feature films, miniseries, and movies-of-the-week, including episodes of “The Man in the High Castle,” “Outlander,” “The Witcher” and the upcoming series “Jupiter’s Legacy.”
“I’m very excited to be guided through Middle-Earth by J.D.’s and Patrick’s vision and immerse myself in the iconic world of J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a great privilege to be in New Zealand to work with Amazon Studios’ outstanding ensemble of creative talents,” Brändström said in a statement.
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to small screens the legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. The drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As previously announced, the series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. They are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip, and producer Christopher Newman.