Nicholas Hoult In Talks to Play 'Lord of the Rings' Author J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted 2017/07/26 0 0

Nicholas Hoult is in early talks to star in Tolkien, a biopic about legendary fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

According to Deadline, Hoult is in talks with Fox Searchlight to star in Tolkien, a biopic exploring the early years of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien. The film’s script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford focuses on the author as he finds friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a group of classmates prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, then wrote the two novels while working at Pembroke College. Tolkien died in 1973.

Here is the description of the film provided by Deadline:

“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.”

“The Hobbit” was first published in 1937. Tolkien then wrote “The Lord of the Rings” between 1937 and 1949 as what was initially intended to be a sequel, but the story became much larger, and ultimately one of the best-selling novels of all time with more than 150 million copies sold.

Hoult is known for his work in films like Mad Max: Fury Road, the zombie love story Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse where he played Hank McCoy/Beast. He will reprise the role in the upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix. He’ll next be seen in Rebel in the Rye where he plays J.D. Salinger, The Current War where he’ll play Nikola Tesla and The Favourite. He’s the voice of Fiver in the upcoming animated miniseries Watership Down.

No release date has been announced for Tolkien.

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