“X-Men: First Class” and “A Single Man” star Nicholas Hoult is in early talks to play a young J.R.R. Tolkien in an upcoming biopic about the author for Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment.
The story explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school.
The outbreak of World War I threatens to tear the ‘fellowship’ apart and his experiences inspire him to write his famous Middle-Earth novels, most notably “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Dome Karukoski will helm “Tolkien” from a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.