Tolkien (film)

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Directed by Dome Karukoski
Produced by Peter Chernin
David Ready
Kris Thykier
Jenno Topping
Screenplay by David Gleeson
Stephen Beresford
Starring Nicholas Hoult
Lily Collins
Colm Meaney
Tom Glynn-Carney
Cinematography Lasse Frank Johannessen
Edited by Harri Ylönen
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Tolkien is an upcoming American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. It is about the English professor, philologist and author J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion as well as notable academic works. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.


  • Nicholas Hoult as J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Harry Gilby as Young J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Lily Collins as Edith Tolkien, a lifelong love and later wife of Tolkien who served as inspiration for characters in his most famous books.
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Christopher Wiseman, socially adept beyond his years and the class clown, he spots Tolkien’s potential and invites him into his social group.
    • Ty Tennant as Young Christopher Wiseman
  • Anthony Boyle as Geoffrey Bache Smith
  • Patrick Gibson as Robert Q. Gilson
    • Albie Marber as Young Robert Q. Gilson
  • Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan
  • Genevieve O'Reilly
  • Craig Roberts as Sam, with whom Tolkien serves during World War I, the horrors of which threaten to tear the “fellowship” apart.
  • Derek Jacobi
  • James MacCallum as Hilary Tolkien
    • Guillermo Bedward as Young Hilary Tolkien
  • Pam Ferris as Mrs. Faulkner


On November 21, 2013, it was announced that Fox Searchlight Pictures and Chernin Entertainment were developing a biographical film about the English writer and author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien, based on the screenplay by David Gleeson.[1] On July 24, 2017, Dome Karukoski was hired to direct the film with the screenplay from Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, which Chernin would be producing for Fox Searchlight to handle distribution.[2] The next day, Nicholas Hoult was reportedly in talks with the studio as frontrunner for the title role.[3] On August 30, 2017, Lily Collins was cast to co-star with Hoult as Edith Tolkien, love and later wife of Tolkien, who was also the inspiration of the princess characters in The Lord of the Rings.[4] Colm Meaney, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Genevieve O'Reilly joined the cast in October 2017.[5][6][7] Craig Roberts joined the cast, in the following month.[8]

Principal photography commenced in October 2017, and concluded on December 14, 2017.[7][9]


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