Fox Searchlight has released new information about their upcoming biopic of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien.
According to Deadline, 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.” The movie will be written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, the latter of whom wrote 2014’s well-reviewed Pride.
Nicholas Hoult, known for roles in the X-Men movies, the TV drama Skins and Mad Max: Fury Road, will play the famed author and “Father of Modern Fantasy.” Along with acting, Hoult has been an advocate for causes that help children and organizations involved in poverty relief, including Christian Aid.
Les Miserables‘ Lily Collins will play Edith Bratt, the love of Tolkien’s life and the heroine of their truly wild, real-life love story which involved a forbidden romance, a rival suitor and last-ditch hail mary pass. Hopefully, this will be part of the movie because if not, this studio is leaving literal gold on the table.
The movie drops on May 10.