J.R.R. Tolkien biopic circles X-Men: Apocalypse star for lead role

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:20 AM EDT (Updated)

Earlier today, we reported that Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski had been tapped to direct the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, and now we have word on who could star in the movie.

According to Deadline, X-Men: Apocalypse star Nicholas Hoult is in early talks to star in Tolkien, as the man who gave us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, introducing the whole wide world to Middle-earth. The movie will be produced by Chernin Entertainment for Fox Searchlight from a script penned by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. 

The biopic is set to explore the formative years of “the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the 'fellowship' apart.” These are the experiences that inspired Tolkien to write his epic novels.

The powers-that-be were apparently impressed by Hoult’s performance in director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming historical drama The Favourite (it's the movie’s official UK spelling), slated to be released next year. Hoult will also appear as Nikola Tesla in The Current War (Dec. 22) alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland and Katherine Waterston and will reprise the role of Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Nov. 2, 2018).

He’ll also play another historical figure (and iconic writer), that of J.D. Salinger, in Rebel in the Rye, out Sept. 15.

What do you think about Nicholas Hoult possibly playing J.R.R. Tolkien?


Nicholas Hoult in Rebel in the Rye

(via Deadline)