Fans aren’t happy with the rumours around sexual content in the Lord of the Rings Amazon series

Arwen and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (Credit: New Line)
Arwen and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (Credit: New Line)

Amazon picking up its Lord of the Rings series was as transparent a grab as one could imagine for the vacuum left by the wildly successful Game of Thrones.

But Tolkien fans are up in arms following rumours that the billion-dollar show could be rather raunchier than the source material.

Tolkien site TheOneRing has picked up on a number of casting call and crew-member additions to the series, which, like Peter Jackson’s LOTR movies, is being filmed in New Zealand.

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Firstly, there is a casting call from Kiwi agency BGT, which is seeking ‘talent who are comfortable with partial or full nudity’ for background roles.

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The reference for the job in question is ‘JAZZ’, which TheOneRing reckons has been used as a codename

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Julie Bristow Launches Women-Focused Content Catalyst Fund

Julie Bristow, former CEO and president of Bristow Global Media (BGM), has launched The Content Catalyst Fund (CCF). The initiative will focus on content developed, delivered and designed by women and about women.

Based in Canada, with an international reach, CCF will develop and invest in unscripted and scripted content, with an initial focus on unscripted. It is designed to help female creators find an audience for their work by investing both funds and end-to-end strategic support in viable female-led projects. It has been seeded by Bristow and a small circle of like-minded investors. The fund will initially invest in a pipeline of original IP from female creators, while helping to finance the development of promising projects. The longer-term objective is to seek out projects with potential for equity investment.

“There are no end of amazing female creators out there — and no end of audiences hungry for stories told

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