British Chinese director Wayne Che Yip has joined the creative team of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series, as a director and co-executive producer.
Yip joins the international ensemble cast, currently filming in New Zealand, to direct four episodes. He continues the work of Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona, who directed the first two episodes of the series.
Yip is no stranger to high profile genre shows, having directed episodes of Hunters, Preacher, Channel 4’s Utopia and Doctor Who. He has most recently been directing Amazon Studios’ upcoming fantasy series, The Wheel of Time.
Yip said: “It is a true honour to be invited into the world of Tolkien. Every day I look forward to working with the incredible team here in New Zealand as we humbly contribute to the legacy of the greatest stories ever told.“
The director is no stranger to high profile genre shows, having directed episodes of Hunters, preacher and Doctor Who…
The high-budget Amazon original is set during the Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
The series is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The ensemble cast includes Sir Lenny Henry.