Lord of the Rings buffs, it’s here. We have finally gotten a release date for the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, appropriately named Tolkien.
The movie will be hitting theaters in the late spring, opening in the UK and Ireland May 3, 2019, and hitting worldwide theaters a week later, on May 10. It tracks a young Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) during his school days, through his enlistment in World War I, and past that time period, as his wife Edith (Lily Collins) appears to also have a prominent role in the film.
Christopher Tolkien, played by Jack Riley, is also in the movie, so we will, at the very least, see the early stages of The Hobbit. Lore holds that The Hobbit was originally an oral bedtime store for young Christopher, and Tolkien only started writing things down when Christopher began pointing out discrepancies between different nights’ tellings.
Tolkien was directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) and based on a script by David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) and Stephen Beresford (Pride).