The new Amazon Lord of the Rings prequel is to be filmed in Scotland according to reports. 

Skye, Loch Lomond and Perthshire have all been tipped as potential filming locations for the £1bn series. 

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According to reports, production crews looked at locations such as Portree, Dunskey Castle and Portpatrick in the south-west and Scourie in the north-west have all been earmarked as potential locations. 

Callander in Perthshire and Balloch Castle Country Park have also been visited. 

The prequel from Amazon Studios to JRR Tolkien’s trilogy is set to have the biggest budget in television history, with the series set to be shown in 2021. 

Filming is set to begin this year after Amazon paid £200 million for the global rights to Lord of the Rings. 

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said of the series: “We’re not remaking the movies, but we’re also not starting from scratch. It’ll be characters people love. There’s no shortage of ambition for the project.” 

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The filming in Scotland comes following a number of successful productions in the last few years with the likes of Avengers: Infinity War, the Fast and Furious films and Netflix historical drama Outlaw King all having been recently been shot here. 

Filming in Scotland has brought in significant amounts for the Scottish economy with more than £30 million brought into the economy of both Glasgow and Edinburgh from filming in 2017. 

Despite the reports, the filming has not been confirmed by Amazon.