The first trailer for the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the Lord of the Rings author has arrived. The short video gives us a first look at the film that will explore Tolkien’s formative years and the journey and experiences that inspired him to write The Lord of the Rings.
Tolkien was an orphan, and a significant part of his life was finding friends at school. He fought in World War I, and many of his friends died in battle. Tolkien survived, and it is said that Tolkien’s time serving in the trenches inspired some of his ideas for Middle-earth. Another significant element of Tolkien’s life and the movie is his romantic relationship with Edith Bratt, who is played by Lily Collins.
The relationship between Tolkien and Bratt was supposedly the inspiration for Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien story, which itself inspired the Aragorn-Arwen relationship in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series. Tolkien and Bratt share a gravestone, and on it they’re referred to as Beren and Luthien.
Tolkien hits theatres on May 10. It’s directed by Dome Karukoski (Heart of Finland), based on script from David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.
In addition to this film, another one is in the works that focuses on the relationship between Tolkien and Narnia writer C.S. Lewis, and how Tolkien helped convert Lewis to Christianity.
Outside of these, Amazon is producing a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show, while a massive Lord of the Rings art exhibit is opening in New York City. A new Lord of the Rings video game is also in the works, and it’s said to have an online focus.