The latest trailer for the movie about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien has come online, providing another look at Nicholas Hoult as the legendary author during his formative years. The movie, called Tolkien, touches on Tolkien’s life as an orphan and his romantic relationship with Edith Bratt, who is played by Lily Collins.
In one nice scene in the trailer, we see Tolkien telling Bratt about how he invented an entire language–as he actually did–for his Middle-earth stories. A major focus of the story will be Tolkien’s time in school with his close friends and how they later fought in World War I together as a “fellowship.” Some of Tolkien’s friends died on the battlefield, and the author’s time in battle reportedly inspired some of his Middle-earth writing.
Another major element of the film will be Tolkien’s relationship with Bratt. It’s been reported that this relationship inspired Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien story, which itself inspired the Aragorn-Arwen relationship in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings series.
Tolkien hits theatres on May 10. It’s directed by Dome Karukoski (Heart of Finland), based on script from David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.
In addition to this film, another one is in the works that focuses on the relationship between Tolkien and Narnia writer C.S. Lewis, and how Tolkien helped convert Lewis to Christianity.
Outside of these, Amazon is producing a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show set during the Second Age, while a massive Lord of the Rings art exhibit has opened in New York City. A new Lord of the Rings video game is also in the works, and it’s said to have an online focus.