Fresh from Oscar-nominated The Favourite, Nicholas Hoult is once again set to delve into British history – this time taking on the creator of Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Fox Searchlight has announced that the upcoming biopic – simply titled Tolkien – will come to cinemas in May this year.

The film stars Hoult as Tolkien during the earlier years of his life, long before The Lord of the Rings, when he was an orphan who found love, friendship, and inspiration amongst his school friends in the years before the start of World War I.

It was during the war, in the battlefields of the Somme and the trenches in France that Tolkien saw both the horror and solidarity of war firsthand. Seeing men of different backgrounds fighting alongside each other, as well as his original group of friends – many of whom died in the war – was said to be the inspiration for the Fellowship of the Ring.

Also starring in the film is Lily Collins, who plays Tolkien’s wife, Edith, who also had a huge impact on his writings. Fans of Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings films will remember the star-crossed romance of Arwen and Aragorn, which is a successor of the human/elf romance in The Silmarillion between Beren and Lúthien. The inspiration for these romances came directly from the author’s own relationship with Edith, and to this day, their shared headstone calls him “Beren” and Edith “Lúthien”.

Tolkien is directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The cast also includes Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris, and Derek Jacobi.

Tolkien is set for release on May 10th.

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