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Tolkien biopic – October news

Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have begun filming the biopic Tolkien, with first images available. And, more news on the cast.


The Daily Mail has several images of the filming, which show Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien in school uniform. The Chester Chronicle also has an image of the filming at Ellesmere Port and in Liverpool.


Colm Meaney has been cast as Father Francis Morgan. Father Francis was an important figure in Tolkien’s early life, as he was the guardian of the Tolkien brothers after their mother died. Colm Meaney will be familiar to fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Tom Glynn-Carney, who starred in this year’s Dunkirk, has been cast as Tolkien’s friend Christopher Wiseman.

Genevieve O’Reilly has been cast in an undisclosed role, and has been spotted on set with Nicholas Hoult.

Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Tolkien. He’s 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 – 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…


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.

Release date

No release date as yet.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.

  • onthetrail

    Ellesmere Port is in Cheshire and is south of the Wirral. There is a river called the Mersey to navigate between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool. Just FYI.

  • Nicolás Manfredi

    Really looking forward to seeing this! It would be an absolute marvel, no doubt!

  • mo0on-light

    i don’t but sorry i didn’t like the choice for our tolkien ,,, it really bad choice but i will wait to see first

  • Roger Paul McEvilly

    good idea, amongst those who fought in WW1 and went on to fame, one called Hitler had warped views, and did a lot of damage. Another called Tolkien had better views. Both went on to something big, interesting to look at how Tolkien started out.

  • Andrew Yarbrough

    I am not sure who is directing this, but if it’s anyone like Peter Jackson, this could go pretty badly, especially considering how quickly they got through with the filming. It had better be true to the biography that Humphrey Carpenter wrote or I’m not going to be happy. They’ll probably add a ton more drama than was truly in his life, as they did exceedingly in The Hobbit movies.

    The reason I am not positive about this and other upcoming Tolkien-related productions is probably because I’ve lost faith in movie-makers. When I saw The Lord of the Rings movies, they were not so badly done, save a few parts. However, when I saw The Hobbit movies, I was absolutely astonished at how they had changed it from the true story just to make it a blockbuster so they could get a lot of money. The first mistake they made was putting it into three movies: The Hobbit is a much shorter book, and making it 81.5249% as long as The Lord of the Rings movies was not a good idea when The Hobbit book is only 21.8417% as long as The Lord of the Rings books. Basically that means that they added a ton of stuff to The Hobbit movies, another mistake.

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