‘Tolkien’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Stars as Author J.R.R. Tolkien

Fox Searchlight just unveiled the first trailer for Tolkien, a biopic about the author of the classic The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels. The film explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s creation of those iconic fantasies.

Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, Mad Max: Fury Road) leads the cast as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lily Collins (The Last Tycoon, Rules Don’t Apply) plays his wife, Edith. Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Craig Roberts (Red Oaks), Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z), Patrick Gibson (The OA), Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk), Genevieve O’Reilly (The Legend of Tarzan), Laura Donnelly (Outlander), Pam Ferris (Holmes and Watson), and Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express) also star in the 2019 drama.

Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) directed from a script by David Gleeson (The Front Line) and Stephen Beresford (Pride). Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready, and Kris Thykier produced.

Tolkien‘s behind the scenes team includes director of photography Lasse Frank Johannessen, editor Harri Ylönen, production designer Grant Montgomery, and costume designer Colleen Kelsall.

Fox Searchlight will release Tolkien in theaters on May 10, 2019.

The Plot:

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow 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 and Lily Collins in ‘Tolkien’ (Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)