The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is an upcoming animated fantasy film directed by Kenji Kamiyama from a screenplay written by Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou, based on a story given in the appendices of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings. Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema are producing it, with Sola Entertainment producing the animation. It is a prequel that takes place 261 years before the events depicted in the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and stars Brian Cox as Helm Hammerhand, a legendary King of Rohan. Miranda Otto, who played Éowyn in the live-action Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also appears.
The film’s development was revealed in June 2021, with Kamiyama, consultant Philippa Boyens (who co-wrote The Lord of the Rings film trilogy), and initial writers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews involved. By then, animation development had begun, drawing artistic inspiration from live-action films. By February 2022, Gittins and Papageorgiou were hard at work on the script.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim in the United States on December 13, 2024.
Brian Cox plays Helm Hammerhand, the King of Rohan. Miranda Otto as Éowyn: a future Rohan shieldmaiden who narrates the film. Otto returns to the role she had in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003). Gaia Wise as Hera: Helm’s daughter who aids in the defense of their people. Luke Pasqualino as Wulf: the vicious leader of the Dunlendings who seeks vengeance on Rohan for his father’s death. Laurence Ubong Williams as Fréaláf Hildeson, Helm’s nephew and Rohan’s heir to the kingdom.
Wulf’s father, a Dunlending lord, played by Shaun Dooley.
Lorraine Ashbourne, Yazdan Qafouri, Benjamin Wainwright, Michael Wildman, Jude Akuwudike, Bilal Hasna, and Janine Duvitski have been cast in roles that have yet to be revealed.
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In February 2022, a sneak glance at the film’s concept art was revealed, showcasing the influence of the live-action trilogy on its visual elements.  Following that, Warner Bros. announced in April 2023 that a behind-the-scenes glimpse would be shown during the Annecy Film Festival in June.
“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” will be released on December 13, 2024 by Warner Bros. Pictures. The release date was pushed owing to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, and it is now set for April 12, 2024.