It will still be a little more than a year before the movie Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim hits theaters on April 12, 2024. However, the anime movie will have an early screening at the Annecy Festival this June.
The movie is being directed by Kenji Kamiyama, who has also worked on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Joseph Chou and Jason DeMarco are both producing. Miranda Otto, who played Éowyn in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy, will be voicing the same character as well as narrating. Other cast members are Brian Cox, Gaia Wise, Lorraine Ashbourne, Yazdan Qafouri, Benjamin Wainwright, Laurence Ubong Williams, Shaun Dooley, Michael Wildman, Jude Akuwudike, Bilal Hasna, and Janine Duvitski.
Philippa Boyens, who helped write Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, is involved as a consultant. The script was written by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation are working together to produce, with Sola Entertainment taking charge of the animation studios. Warner Bros. Pictures has been tasked with distributing.
The Annecy Festival, which takes place in France, lists the movie as being in the sneak preview category. It gave this description for the plot:
“”The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” explores and expands the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of one of Middle-Earth’s most legendary figures, the mighty King of Rohan – Helm Hammerhand.”
The Annecy Festival gave this description of itself:
“Every year, Annecy inspires and rocks the world to the rhythm of animation by highlighting the creative dynamism and richness this sector represents. From exclusive presentations of the latest animated works to demonstrations of the latest and future trends, via meetings with seasoned directors and emerging talents, the Annecy International Animation Festival is an exciting celebration in an exceptional setting.”
To see Otaku USA’s separate interview with Kenji Kamiyama and Joseph Chou, go here.
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