The first official images from the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic have been released, showing off Nicholas Hoult as the acclaimed fantasy author. USA Today posted a series of images from the film, which focuses on a young Tolkien in the time leading up to his writing of the epic fantasy.
Director Dome Karukoski told the site that the movie, which is called Tolkien, will cover the author’s life as he considers and confronts his own imagination. “There’s often fear with that, also, in how your imagination starts to play with you, especially the mind of a genius like Tolkien,” he said.
Actor Harry Gilby will play Tolkien as a teenager in the film before Hoult assumes the role of Tolkien in his late 20s at the onset of his writing of the fantasy series. One major part of the film will be Tolkien’s relationship with the woman he would eventually marry: Edith Bratt (Lily Collins).
“She kept him very honest and took care of him throughout all the difficult strives in his life,” Hoult told USA Today about Bratt. She also “also pushed him to create what he did create and gave him the foundation to be able to do that,” Hoult said.
Tolkien the movie will also touch on the orphan author’s friendship with schoolmates and his time serving in World War I. A trailer hasn’t been released yet, so these first images are all we have to go on for now in terms of visuals. Go to USA Today to see them all. You can also see them in Hoult’s Instagram gallery above.
We also learn in the story that Hoult is a big fan of Tolkien, having read The Hobbit on the set of his first big movie, About A Boy.
Tolkien hits theatres on May 10. In addition to this film, another one is in the works that focuses on the relationship between Tolkien and Narnia writer C.S. Lewis, and how Tolkien helped convert Lewis to Christianity.
Outside of these, Amazon is producing a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show, while a massive Lord of the Rings art exhibit is opening in New York City. A new Lord of the Rings video game is also in the work, and it’s said to have an online focus.