J.R.R. Tolkien Finally Gets His Own Story on the Screen

Few nerd masters can be known as surnames, but those who can, need few introductions — Lee, Roddenberry, Siegel, Kirby, Lucas, Shuster, Spielberg, Kubrick.

Arguably, there is no surname probably more well known than ‘Tolkien.’

The former WWI soldier learned that the real journey lies within. His imagination created people, creatures, and an entire universe that is unlike anything known to geekdom.

Middle Earth has spawned six majestic movies, tales that span generations, card games, board games, and now — most deservedly — a biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien himself.

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David Gleeson, who considers himself “a Tolkien superfan and scholar,” has been working on the script since 2013. Fox Searchlight purchase the rights and has been sitting on casting until now.

Collider shares the synopsis of the May 2019 biopic as:

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.

The movie will star Nicholas Hoult (X-Men’s Hank McCoy/Beast) as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lily Collins (The Last Tycoon’s Celia Brady) as Edith Bratt , who is not only Tolkien’s love interest and eventual wife, but also inspired his elven princess characters. The film will be directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski.

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