When is The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim release date? We’re living in the middle of a Middle-earth renaissance right now, but the Rings of Power fantasy series isn’t the only Tolkien project that’s got fans’ pointed ears pricked up. In fact, away from the small screen there is a new Lord of the Rings movie on the horizon.
That’s right, Middle-earth is returning to the big screen with a new animated movie titled The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim. The movie will follow a host of lesser-known characters from Tolkien’s writing, and will centre on the kingdom of Rohan (seen mainly in The Two Towers) and its battle to defend itself from outside threats.
The thought of that is tantalising enough, and we’ve got even more details to share about the new Lord of the Rings movie with the The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim release date, cast, plot, and more.
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim release date
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim currently has a release date of April 12, 2024. Of course, this is subject to change related to potential delays and pushbacks, but we can be confident that the new Lord of the Rings movie will be releasing in 2024.
That might seem like an eternity away, but actually, its April release date means that the movie is actually less than a year and a half away. And, until then, you’ve always got the new Rings of Power TV series should you be looking for a Tolkien-fix before then.
Is War of the Rohirrim an anime?
The new Lord of the Rings movie, Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim will be an anime movie. This will set it apart from previous Lord of the Rings projects, and Middle-earth fans will have the chance to see Tolkien’s world in an all-new style for the first time.
The production companies New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Animation, and Sola Entertainment are producing the feature together, combining previous experience with Lord of the Rings movies with experience in making anime features. Despite the fact that War of the Rohirrim will be an anime, the movie will still take its visual cues from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the famous Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe are both working on the project too in a creative capacity.
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim cast
As an anime movie, The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim will have a voice cast. Some actors have already been confirmed, and they include a returning actor from the Lord of the Rings movies.
That returning actor is Miranda Otto, who will be reprising her role as the shield-maiden of Rohan, niece to King Théoden, and sister to Éomer: Éowyn. Éowyn will act as the movie’s narrator, rather than being a character within the story itself.
The other big name that has been confirmed is Brian Cox, known for drama series Succession. He will be playing the legendary king of Rohan Helm Hammerhand. Additionally, there have been many other actors cast in a number of confirmed and unconfirmed roles in the new Lord of the Rings movie.
Who is in the The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim cast?
- Brian Cox as Helm Hammerhand
- Miranda Otto as Éowyn
- Gaia Wise as Hèra
- Laurence Ubong Williams as Fréaláf Hildeson
- Shaun Dooley as Freca the Dunlending
- Luke Pasqualino as Wulf the Dunlending
- Lorraine Ashbourne
- Yazdan Qafouri
- Michael Wildman
- Jude Akuwudike
- Benjamin Wainwright
Behind the camera, the fantasy action movie is being directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Kamiyama has decades of experience working with animated projects, and previous credits include the Ghost in the Shell sci-fi series, the Star Wars series Star Wars: Visions, and Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim plot
What will War of the Rohirrim be about? The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim will be set over a hundred years prior to the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the War of the Ring. The new Lord of the Rings movie will primarily explore Rohan’s legendary king Helm Hammerhand, and who became the namesake for the fortress of Helm’s Deep that we see in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which King Théoden leads his people to to defend them from Saruman’s Uruk-Hai.
The animated fantasy movie is set to follow Helm Hammerhand as he protects Rohan from the threat of the Dunlendings – the fierce race of men that occupied the Dunland and the plains around Rohan. These are evil men who swear allegiance to Saruman in The Two Towers, and who Saruman uses to attack and burn the villages around Edoras.
So, Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim will be about the greatest battle between the Rohirrim and the Dunlendings, providing more context for the events we see in the Lord of the Rings movies. That means there’s bound to be plenty of action, and big battles, all while exploring the small details that make up Middle-earth.
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim trailer speculation
As it stands, there is no The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim trailer. However, the wait for a trailer won’t be indefinite.
With the release date in mind, we’re going to estimate that the full The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim trailer will be released around October 2023. This means that fans can expect a trailer for the new Lord of the Rings movie to drop in less than year, and a teaser trailer could come much sooner.
Until then, expect to see more stills and images from the movie trickling out to keep interest high. While you wait for that, in the meantime, official concept art for the movie has been released which you can see above and below:
How to watch The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim
There has been no information yet on what the release plans are for The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim. The new Lord of the Rings movie could, theoretically, have a streaming release, a theatrical release, or a hybrid.
However, we’re hoping that the movie doesn’t get put straight onto streaming services and does have a theatrical run, because it would be amazing to see Middle-earth on the big screen again, especially in glorious animation.
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