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Andy Serkis to Helm and Star in ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’

In what is set to be an exciting development for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic saga, Warner Bros. has unveiled plans for a new chapter in the legendary Lord of the Rings film series. Titled ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’, this forthcoming feature will see audiences transported back to the enchanting realms of Middle-earth with a targeted release year of 2026.

The stakes are high as Andy Serkis, who gained global acclaim for his groundbreaking portrayal of Gollum, steps into the director’s chair for this latest adventure. Not only will he be directing the film, but he will also reprise his role as the conflicted and creaturely Gollum. With Serkis’ intimate understanding of the character, the movie is expected to offer a deep dive into one of the most intriguing figures in the Tolkien universe.

Eminent filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens are collaborating as producers, bringing back the esteemed trio that has been instrumental in adapting Tolkien’s works for the silver screen. Audiences worldwide have high expectations, as these creative minds were pivotal to the success of the original Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Currently, the film is still in its infancy with a script under development. The narrative aims to shed light on untold journeys within the lore, enriching the overarching narrative with unexplored plots and nuances. Walsh, Boyens, Phoebe Gittins, and Arty Papageorgiou are crafting the screenplay, intending to revitalise the canonical landscapes and lore with fresh insights.

This announcement comes as part of a broader strategy by Warner Bros. to delve further into the cinematic potential of Middle-earth, a push that has been exemplified by ventures such as Amazon Prime Video’s ‘The Rings of Power’. This new series serves as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings, reaffirming the studio’s dedication to Tolkien’s vision.

The synergy among Jackson, Walsh, Boyens, and Serkis is palpable, and they have expressed unreserved joy in reuniting for this project. With Serkis at the helm, there is a buzz of anticipation for what promises to be a captivating return to a world that has captured the hearts of millions.

Andy Serkis himself shared his excitement about the upcoming production, stating, “Yesssss, Precious. The time has come once more to venture into the unknown with my dear friends, the extraordinary and incomparable guardians of Middle Earth Peter, Fran and Philippa. With Mike and Pam, and the Warner Bros team on the quest as well, alongside WETA and our filmmaking family in New Zealand, it’s just all too delicious…”.

The proposed film isn’t just a return to Middle-earth—it represents a reunion of some of the most creative minds in contemporary cinema. With the award-winning visual effects company WETA also joining the party, expectations are running high for ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ to be both a visual feast and a rich addition to the lore.

As anticipation builds, fans are eagerly looking forward to 2026 when they can once again walk the paths of hobbits, dwarves, elves, and men, and experience the magic that is the never-ending fascination with Tolkien’s world. ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ is more than a film—it is a heartfelt homage to a storytelling legacy that has become a cornerstone of fantasy literature and cinema.