‘Epic Footage Unveiled for Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ at Annecy Festival, Introducing Princess Héra of Rohan

Warner Bros. Animation, New Line Cinema, and Sola Entertainment showcased a sneak peek of 20 minutes of their upcoming anime film “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” at the Annecy Animation Festival to a thrilled audience.

Director Kenji Kamiyama drew inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic books and the films by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who are serving as executive producers of the movie. The story is set 200 years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” focusing on the House of Helm Hammerhand in Rohan, led by King Helm (voiced by Brian Cox) and his headstrong daughter Princess Héra (voiced by Gaia Wise). The narrative revolves around a conflict within the council, instigated by the vengeful Dunlending lord Wulf, with Éowyn (played by Miranda Otto) serving as the narrator in this new tale.

DeMarco highlighted that the film’s anime style distinguishes it from previous adaptations, aiming to deliver a unique Kamiyama experience rather than replicating Peter Jackson’s vision. Andy Serkis, who will return as Gollum in “Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum” and direct his retelling of “Animal Farm,” expressed his excitement for the project and its modern take on George Orwell’s classic novel.

“Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” is set to premiere in North America on December 13 and globally on December 11.