The first images of Nicholas Hoult as Lord Of The Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien have been released.
The X-Men actor will play the writer in an upcoming biopic, titled Tolkien. He will be joined by Lily Collins, who plays his wife Edith, Craig Roberts, Pam Ferris, Derek Jacobi, and more.
According to a synopsis, the film “explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school”. It will also show how he created the world of Middle Earth and came up with the languages and names featured in his books.
You can see the images of Hoult as Tolkien below. The movie will be released in the UK on May 3, with a US release following on May 10.
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Meanwhile, in 2017, Amazon Studios announced they were adapting Lord Of The Rings into a new TV series. There is currently no release date for the show, but executives have suggested it could premiere in 2020 or 2021. As part of a $250 million rights deal, Amazon will produce five seasons of the new adaptation.
While no cast announcements have been made at present, Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s movies, expressed interest in reprising his role shortly after the announcement was made, saying: “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”
However, not everyone who starred in the films has been so positive about the new series. John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli, said he thought Tolkien would be less than happy with the new project.
“Why we quite need Lord of the Rings as a TV series baffles me slightly,” he said. “I mean, poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave.”