J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, showrunners of Amazon Prime Video's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, revealed that they once had a Star Trek script in the works.
In an interview with Esquire, the two went into detail on their abandoned Star Trek movie, which would have reunited Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. Payne revealed that the plot asked "What if right before the Kelvin impacted with that huge mining ship, George Kirk had tried to beam himself over to his wife's shuttle where his son, Jim Kirk, had just been born? And what if the ship hadn’t completely exploded—what if it left some space junk?"
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay explain the thought process behind the show's confirmation that female dwarves do, in fact, have beards... in a manner of speaking.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Payne responded to an audience complaint that the dwarf wives in the show don't have facial hair as they do in the books. "They actually do," he answered. "We looked at various versions of what facial hair on dwarf women might look like. There are beard hairs applied lovingly one at a time [onto Disa actress Sophia Nomvete] and there are these sort of mutton chops on the side." McKay explained that there wasn't a clear path forward for them as far as facial hair on dwarf women was concerned, since "Tolkien himself — if you study his entire body of work — has answered this particular question both ways." He said. "There’s a very strong argument to be made that dwarf women should have beards, and a very strong argument to be made that they don’t. We’re happy with where we landed."
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