JRR Tolkien Biopic Starring Nicholas Hoult Gets Summer Release Date

JRR Tolkien. This is a man whose imagination helped to popularize an entire genre of storytelling. There has been many a documentary about the guy (and if you’re like me, you’ve watched, rewatched, and rewatched those Lord of the Rings Extended Edition docs to death), but given how inspirational he’s been to writers and pop culture as a whole, he’s overdue for a biopic.

Well, luckily, he’s about to get one. In fact, the movie is already in the can (it wrapped this past December) and is set to hit theaters this summer, TheWrap reports. The outlet states that the Nicholas Hoult-starring flick will hit theaters on May 10, 2019. So it’s just a few short months from heading to the big screen.

The movie is called Tolkien and is directed by Finnish director Dome Karukoski and also stars Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

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Here’s the synopsis from the outlet:

“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 novel.”

Honestly, I’m not super thrilled with the synopsis. It makes it feel like it’ll paint every single event in his life as a stepping stone to the Lord of the Rings, and that sounds cheesy. But I do love Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, so maybe?

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