Fox Searchlight has unveiled the first official trailer for their upcoming biopic Tolkien. If you think the title sounds familiar, that’s because it probably is. The film is based on The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, who is played by Nicholas Hoult in the film. The film will follow Tolkien through many years of his life, which include his years at school with his friends all the way up through his time in World War I, which drastically changed his life, as well as those around him, resulting in the beloved stories from the mystical land known as Middle-Earth.
This is a film I’m extremely interesting in seeing. If you’ve been following my writing or our videos on YouTube for a while now, you know that I’m not a diehard fan of TLOTR franchise. I think they’re good, just not my cup of tea. I’ve only seen them each once, which may be a fault of mine to begin with. And just as it is with the mythology of the entire Middle-Earth realm, I know a very little amount of its author J.R.R. Tolkien. There’s a history, a past there that ultimately gave us the stories of Frodo and Bilbo, stories that would have never come about if he never went through the experiences he did. With both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises being so popular and successful (no matter you think of the later), his story deserves to be told just as much as those, perhaps even more.
The cast is quite excellent as well. Hoult is secretly one of the best young actors in the game today. While most will recognize him as Beast in the X-Men franchise, he’s been putting in strong performances for years now. It’s a fitting choice, especially since he also has some similar features to Tolkien during the age he’s playing him. His co-star, Lily Collins, is also incredibly fantastic. Just as Hoult, she’s been quietly climbing up the charts of young talent. She hasn’t been in anything major that the average audience will know her from, but 2019 is her year. Not only will she be seen in this, but she’s co-starring opposite Zac Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile in the Ted Bundy biopic as his longtime girlfriend and mother to his son. That film just got picked up by Netflix for a late 2019 release.
Watch the first official trailer below, and please leave all your nerdy comments in the section below! Did you know the story of Tolkien? How much do you love his stories? Is Hoult the right choice for this role? Directed by Dome Karukoski, Tolkien will be released on May 10th.