Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power’s Orcs Are Mostly Practical

Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power’s Orcs Are Mostly Practical

Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power’s Orcs Are Mostly Practical

Orcs and VFX are both central to the Lord of the Rings movies, but they’re going to play an even bigger role in the upcoming Prime Video series Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power — and they’ll be a lot more real, according to a new preview from IGN.

“I love Orcs,” said Jamie Wilson, the show’s head of prosthetics. “I love designing creatures, so I’m really happy to talk about this stuff. JD and Patrick, the showrunners, the very first page of their [show] bible was about orcs. They have a real passion for them, they like practical prosthetics and design, and they felt they needed research as this is the Second Age and thousands of years before the events of the Third Age. [and the existing Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films]† It was really important for them to treat them as their own culture and explore the world on their own two feet.”

In general, the showrunners try to give the orcs a more three-dimensional life than in the movies, where they served less as a character and more of an overwhelming obstacle for the protagonists.

“We spent a lot of time talking about what it would mean to be an Orc in the Second Age,” said executive producer Lindsey Weber. “It felt appropriate that their appearance would be different, part of a wilder, grittier Second Age Middle-earth, closer to where the First Age ends. When we meet them, they’re not organized into armies yet, they’re kind of more spread out, and they’re cleaning up. So it’s just another time in their overall story.”

As part of that, they want to broaden the idea of ​​what it means to be an Orc and what Orcs look like.

“There are some female orcs that I really loved,” Weber said. “But there’s one Orc in particular, who is very, very tall and strong, who has a particularly enjoyable fight with one of our Elven characters, who I suspect will be a fan favorite, or I hope that it will be a favorite.”

While the Orcs should be recognizable to even casual Lord of the Rings fans, they look a little different.

“It’s kind of like these are the baby versions,” Wilson explained. “They’re not really babies, but they’re coming out of the darkness. So this is early. If you watch previous movies about them, you see them and they’re quite damaged from the battle… This is kind of for the next set of big battles. They don’t have that many scars, but they deal with skin conditions because of their exposure to the sun.”

Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power is currently scheduled for Prime Video on September 2, 2022. It’s not yet known if we’ll find out if Orcs have restaurants and menus to make that quote from the original trilogy make sense.

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