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Fans Get First Look At Two Towers Trailer Sept. 30

For Immediate Release – Thursday September 26, 2002


In anticipation of the December 19 release of the central film in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, New Line Cinema will debut the film’s main theatrical trailer at 12:01AM, Monday, September 30, exclusively on America Online worldwide.

America Online users will be the first to glimpse the trailer by logging onto AOL Keyword: Lord of the Rings. Available exclusively for 24 hours on AOL, the trailer will be live at the official site at midnight Monday.

“We are tremendously energized by the passion and dedication of the online community that have been such an important component of the worldwide phenomenon surrounding The Lord of the Rings trilogy,” said Rolf Mittweg and Russell Schwartz, president and chief operating officer, worldwide distribution and marketing, and president, domestic theatrical marketing, respectively, for New Line Cinema.

The AOL launch will be accompanied by enriched and upgraded content on New Line’s official website. The official website continues the journey with the characters from the film with unique companion content modules that feature exclusive behind the scenes production videos, downloads and interviews with the cast and crew. A new interactive map will take users across the plains of Middle-earth to new locations such as Edoras, Fangorn Forest and Helm’s Deep.

In April 2000, New Line’s website for the trilogy,, made history when the internet preview for the first film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was downloaded approximately 1.7 million times during its first 24-hours of availability, marking the highest-ever number of downloads of film marketing footage ever. Records on the official The Lord of the Rings site were shattered almost immediately as fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel began logging onto for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the motion picture project.

The new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers will debut in New Zealand theaters on Thursday, October 10, 2002.

New Line Cinema presents The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, an epic adventure of good against evil set in a time of uncertainty in the land of Middle-earth, scheduled to open December 19, 2002. The trilogy represents an unprecedented undertaking – three films made simultaneously over a year and a half of production. The first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was released in New Zealand on December 20, 2001, to widespread critical acclaim and garnered USD$860 million worldwide. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, more than any other film in 2001, and won four, including Best Visual Effects.

The central film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, follows the three separate journeys of the splintered Fellowship – Hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) as they venture deeper into enemy territory, with the mercurial creature Gollum (Andy Serkis) serving as their guide; Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) in the mysteriously alive Fangorn Forest; and the human Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli the Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) in the besieged Rohan Kingdom. Together they must stand against the gathering darkness emanating from the Two Towers -- Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman builds his lethal army of Uruk-hai; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stars (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Karl Urban, David Wenham, and Elijah Wood.

New Line Cinema presents a Wingnut Films Production, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, directed by Peter Jackson. The screenplay, by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and Jackson, is based on the classic trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne. Also executive producing is Mark Ordesky. The director of photography is Andrew Lesnie, A.C.S. The production designer is Grant Major. The editors are Mike Horton and Jaybez Ollsen. The co-producers are Rick Porras and Jamie Selkirk.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is distributed in New Zealand by Roadshow Film Distributors NZ Limited.


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