The Jakarta Post
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The first images have been released of Nicholas Hoult as a young version of J.R.R. Tolkien in Tolkien, the first biographical drama about the famous author.
The biopic is dedicated to giving fans insight into Tolkien’s formative years, shining a light on the inspiration behind his famous novels The Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.
X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult first made the announcement on his Instagram page, posting a series of images of the cast in character with the caption: “Here’s the first images from Tolkien! Can’t wait for you all to see this beautiful story #tolkienmovie @tolkienmovie”.
The images on Hoult’s Instagram page confirm that he will be joined by Lily Collins, who plays Tolkien’s wife, Edith, and actors Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney and Paddy Gibson.
The tone of the story is not yet apparent; however, the visual palette feels like an old sepia-toned photo album, with characters in dapper costumes and a World War I-era setting. It seems fitting for a biopic dedicated to Tolkien, who served for the British Army in World War I.
As reported by Collider, which called Hoult’s character a "young hot Tolkien", the tone of the film is being compared to Finding Neverland, an Oscar-winning film on JM Barrie's life, and Saving Mr. Banks, John Lee Hancock’s look at Walt Disney and PL Travers. However, Tolkien might be closer to recent biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin, which delves into the life of Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne and his traumatic military experiences.
Tolkien was directed by Dome Karukoski, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford and produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready and Kris Thykier.
The Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment production will premiere in theaters on May 10. (geo/mut)
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