Fox Searchlight has debuted the full-length official trailer of Tolkien, the biopic film about beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings – full name John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – who grew up in both South Africa and Birmingham, England.
The star of the film is Nicholas Hoult, starring as Tolkien. The story focuses on his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how those events influenced his work. The full cast includes Lily Collins as his great love Edith Bratt, along with Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris, and Derek Jacobi.
In the trailer, we see how the film captures the profoundness of his writing, especially his Lord of the Rings stories. Plus, we see how he becomes friends and forms a “fellowship” with a group of outcasts at school and how he falls in love with his future wife Edith. “This is more than just a friendship, it’s an alliance. An invincible alliance.” A quote taken from a film scene.
Here’s the full-length official trailer of the film, simply named Tolkien, direct from Searchlight’s YouTube channel:
“We’re so grateful to be part of this project”, Hoult says, “and we can’t wait for you to see it on the big screen”.
Tolkien is directed by Cyprus-Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski, who previously directed Beauty and the Bastard, The Home of Dark Butterflies, Forbidden Fruit, Lapland Odyssey, Heart of a Lion, The Grump, and Tom of Finland. The screenplay is written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.
The film is set to be released on May 10.