Amazon Studios on Thursday announced that British-Chinese director Wayne Che Yip has joined the creative team of Amazon Original The Lord of the Rings television 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 best known for his works, including Hunters, Preacher, Utopia and Doctor Who, and has recently directed episodes of Amazon Studios’ upcoming epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time.
Yip says, “It is an honour to be invited into the world of Tolkien by J.D. & Patrick and Amazon Studios. 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 series is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.