‘Tolkien’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult is the Author of ‘Lord of the Rings’

20th Century Fox

Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies) plays J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, in the upcoming biopic Tolkien.

The official trailer has arrived for the film, which takes a look at the years that helped form the orphaned author and the experiences that fueled his immense creativity, from finding friendship among a “fellowship” at school to the war that threatened to tear them apart.

This looks like an earnest little film, one that could shed some emotional light on the man behind such monumental works. The trailer doesn’t name the author’s famous books, but the clear nods provide more than enough references to things in Tolkien’s life that sparked the ideas we’ve all come to love. It could be just the right role for Hoult, too. The actor, by the way, also played reclusive author J.D. Salinger in 2017’s Rebel in the Rye.

Directed by Dome Karukoski, who previously delivered a biopic on artist Touko Valio Laaksonen with Tom of Finland. Written by Stephen Beresford (Pride) and David Gleeson (The Front Line).

Tolkien, also starring Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney, among others, arrives in Australia on May 9 and hits the US on May 10.

Official synopsis for Tolkien:

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.

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox