Amazon is investing heavily in the “Lord of the Rings" TV series by renewing the yet to be released show for a second season.

The upcoming TV series is still set on Middle Earth but the events that will transpire are prior to the movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Although the lead cast is yet to be confirmed by the online streaming service, the major cast is believed to be comprised of Will Poulter, Markella Kavenagh and Joseph Mawle, Variety reported.

The “Lord of the Rings” series is being developed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay. In addition, Bryan Cogman and Stephany Folsom have taken up the roles of consulting producers of the show. Ron Ames is named as producer and Helen Shang as co-producer. 

Although the second installment of the LOTR series is already in works, the production will be put on pause after filming the first two episodes. The 4-5 month-long break will allow the showrunners to step back and evaluate the storyline, before mapping out the season 2 scripts. 

According to Deadline, the hiatus will allow Payne and McKay to begin shooting the two seasons back-to-back. This is a common technique, followed by many productions to keep down the production expenses.

The green light for an early renewal of season 2 comes as great news for the fans. It means that there will be a relatively shorter break, between the season 1 finale and the season 2 premieres on Amazon Prime Video.
The Lord of the Rings Cast and Crew Winner for Best Director in a Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture for Drama, the cast of 'The Lord of the Rings' pose backstage at the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images