Amazon is residing in Middle Earth for another year as the streamer has renewed its “Lord of the Rings” TV series for a second season. Deadline reported that the early Season 2 pickup comes in as the show gets ready to shoot the first season in New Zealand.

With this announcement, Amazon has already given the go-ahead for writers to start mapping out the second season of the story based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. Nothing has been revealed regarding the plot of the series except that it would explore new storylines that take place before the events of “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Prior to the show’s early second season renewal, Amazon first announced to have a multi-season show after picking it up back in November 2017. The deal also included a possibility for spinoffs. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The Lord of the Rings” TV adaptation will become the most expensive show ever produced with an estimated $1 billion being spent on production.

With this early renewal, the show will go on a brief hiatus after filming the first two episodes. With the 4-5 month-long break, this would allow the writers to start breaking down some scripts for the second season. This would allow the crew to have Season 2 scripts ready to possibly shoot both seasons back-to-back.

Despite not knowing the plot, we do know that a few cast members have already been picked to play some roles in the series. Joseph Mawle from “Game of Thrones” would be playing a villain named Oren. A young hero by the name of Beldar will be featured on the show, who will be played by “Black Mirror” star Will Poulter. The most recent role was for Tyra, which went to British actress Markella Kavenagh.

The high-fantasy books were the basis for the film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson between 2001 and 2003. The films were successful in the box office, earning multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. No release date has been given for the upcoming TV series yet.

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Pictured are actors performing a stage rendition on "Lord of the Rings" in London on June 18, 2007.  Getty Images