Most people know about Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit (at least from the film versions), but not that many people know much about the man behind Middle Earth, JRR Tolkien. The film world is trying to change that with a new biopic, which Deadline reports has Nicholas Hoult in the frame for the main role.
The film, ‘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.’
There may well be a reason they’re concentrating on his very early years, as while he was an interesting fellow later on, he also had a bit of a reputation as a dismissive grump, as well as being very anally retentive about certain things.
Finnish director Dome Karukoski, who hits cinemas soon with another biopic – about gay erotic artist Tom Of Finland – is set to direct from a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. It’s not known when the Tolkien movie might arrive in cinemas.