If you’re like me, you’ve likely consumed as much about author J.R.R. Tolkien as you possibly could. From documentaries to his biography and the appendices in the extended editions of Lord of the Rings, I was always itching to get more about the creator of Middle-Earth. I wasn’t really a fan of his storytelling itself, but his world-building is something that is unparalleled.
Well, Hollywood is in the process of doing what it does, and according to an announcement from Fox Searchlight Pictures, the studio has wrapped production of the biopic, Tolkien.
The film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien himself, and Lily Collins as his wife, Edith. The film is directed by Dome Karukoski, who had the following to say regarding the announcement:
“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life. Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.”
As pretty much stated by me above, I’m all for getting some extra insight into Tolkien’s life. However, I am always a bit wary about biographies of figures like Tolkien, as they have a tendency to be ridiculously cheesy — and even worse, they gloss over the real story.
I recently had this experience with the god-awful Walt Before Mickey film, which told the story of Walt Disney, and man was it awful. Let’s hope that Tolkien avoids those same pitfalls.
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SOURCE: Coming Soon