Nicholas Hoult (‘Mad Max: Fury Road’,’X-Men: Days of Future Past’) will be playing J.R.R. Tolkien in the upcoming biopic about the author simply titled ‘Tolkien‘ and now we’ve got our first look at the actor in the film. So much of the author’s life was reflected in his work, and the upcoming biopic is set to show how war and strife led directly into the creation of both Middle Earth in both ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Dome Karukoski is set to take us through the author’s life and will have Harry Gilby playing the iconic author as a teenager while Hoult tackles him later on in life.
When tackling his later years, Hoult says, “When you watch the interviews with him later on in life, he’s got that dry British sense of humor and irony, and he’s obviously also very deeply loving.” Another primary focus here will be the romance between the author and Edith Bratt who “kept him very honest and took care of him throughout all the difficult strives in his life.” The woman “also pushed him to create what he did create and gave him the foundation to be able to do that.”
As to Tolkien using his experiences to create some of the greatest fiction ever made, Hoult feels that it is “remarkable” that you can so clearly “see the foundations of where it came from and the hardship that he was up against, and how he switched that into something incredible that’s influenced so many people’s lives.”
Do you plan to check on ‘Tolkien’ in theaters when it is released? What do you think of the first official shot of Nicholas Hoult playing this iconic fantasy author? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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.
‘Tolkien’ will be in theaters on May 10th, 2019
Source: USA Today