Wanna See Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien in Biopic ‘Tolkien’?

We’re pretty excited to get a glimpse of Nicholas Hoult as The HobbitLord of The Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic, Tolkien.

After being announced some time ago, updates were few and far between for the project. Earlier this month, Fox Searchlight finally shared a release date for the film, and today we’ve got some first-look images of Hoult as Tolkien, and Lilly Collins as Tolkien’s wife, Edith Bratt:

The biopic “Tolkien” follows the future “Lord of the Rings” author (Nicholas Hoult) in his formative years that inspired his famous fantasy works. (Photo: DAVID APPLEBY)

 

J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult, right) forms an important fellowship with his school chums (Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney and Patrick Gibson) in “Tolkien.” (Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

 

Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) gave J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) a loving and stable foundation for him to create his Middle-earth tales. (Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

 

Nicholas Hoult stars as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lily Collins is his beloved Edith Bratt in “Tolkien.” (Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)

Hopefully this means a trailer isn’t too far away.

Dome Karukosk is directing the film, which will reportedly follow J. R. R.’s time as a student obsessive about language and an outsider who searched for belonging. He found it with school chums Christopher Wiseman (Tom Glynn-Carney), Geoffrey Bache Smith (Anthony Boyle) and Robert Quilter Gilson (Patrick Gibson) who are all finding their way in the world, according to Hoult. Their close-knit group, calling themselves the Tea Club and Barrovian Society, “gave the confidence to chase his dreams”, and followed him into World War I.

We’ll see the Battle of Somme, according to USA Today, including Tolkien’s contracting trench fever. Hoult teases “mythical elements” during this fever dream, “There’s this darker imagination that he hasn’t quite managed to get a grasp on.”

Tolkien will hit the UK and Ireland on May 3rd, and US theaters on May 10th, 2019.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



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