*Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios presentation of “Tolkien”arrives in theatres May 10, 2019. Tolkien is a bio-drama about scholar J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the epic novels “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”
Tolkien stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Tolkien and Golden Globe nominated Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) as his love interest Edith Bratt.
The audience will experience the magic of what love can do in ‘Tolkien.’ Tolkien (Hoult) lived through World War I, where all of his friends (Rob Gilson, Geoffrey Bache Smith and Christopher Wiseman) die, to marry the love of his life Edith Bratt (Collins). A lover of language, mystery and magic Tolkien is inspired by Edith, an accomplished pianist, to see the world on a deeper level. That vision beyond the surface helped him create the worlds of his ground breaking novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
Both Tolkien and Bratt were orphans that lived in the same foster home. It was love at first sight, but his guardian Father Frances Morgan played by Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) forbid the relationship and sends him off to college at Oxford (Exeter College). Edith believes Tolkien will move on because she is so use to being abandoned that she gets engaged to another guy. Seeing Tolkien leaving to board a ship for war awakens her love for him and as they embrace goodbye she makes him promise to return to her. How Tolkien accomplishes this with bodies dropping all around him is the climax of the film.
Tolkiens’ creation of the “middle earth” was ground breaking at the time in 1937 when he published “The Hobbit.” Immediately after he releases a sequel to “The Hobbit”, titled “The Lord of the Rings.” This novel became the best selling novel of all times with over 150 million copies sold so far. It has been re-printed three times and translated in 38 languages. Tolkien sold the film rights to “The Lord of the Rings” to United Artists in 1969 and as a result garnering multiple Academy Award wins.
Tolkien is directed by Dome Karukoski and produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, David Ready and Kris Thykier. It is a Fox Searchlight Picture, Chernin Entertainment production. Tolkien also stars Primetime Emmy Award winning Derek Jacobi (Vicious) as Professor Joseph Wright a scholarly mentor of Tolkien; Anthony Boyle as Geoffrey Bache Smith, a poet friend whose works were published by Tolkien resulting in Smith receiving a Noble Prize for Literature; Patrick Gibson, Craig Roberts, Pam Ferris, James MacCallum, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Samuel Martin, and Tom Glynn-Carney as Christopher Wisemen. www.FoxSearchlight.com/Tolkien/
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