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Tolkien biopic – news round-up

Following the announcement in July that Finnish director Dome Karukoski will direct a biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien, there have been a flurry a news stories announcing developments in the film.


The film is being written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford and will focus on Tolkien’s experiences in the First World War, his early relationship with Edith, and the germs of his legendarium. According to the Verve, this will also include his friendships with Robert Gilson, Geoffrey Bache Smith, and Christopher Wiseman – collectively known as the Tea Club and Barrovian Society – as well as his struggles when

The script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien

Hoult has starred in X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road and About a Boy. He has also some experience of playing an author, portraying J.D. Salinger in the recently-released Rebel in the Rye

Lily Collins as Edith Bratt

Lily Collins – star of Rules Don’t Apply, Mirror, Mirror and Abduction – will portray Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s wife, in the film. Commenting on Twitter, Lily said “As a lifelong fan of Tolkien’s magic, I can’t wait to start this epic adventure…

Release date

No release date as yet.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.