Full Trailer for Young 'Tolkien' Movie Starring Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R.

March 6, 2019
Source: YouTube

Tolkien Trailer

"This is more than just a friendship, it's an alliance. An invincible alliance." Fox Searchlight has debuted the full-length official trailer for Tolkien, the biopic film about beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien (in full: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien), who grew up in both South Africa and Birmingham, England. This trailer follows a brief teaser last month, and the film opens this summer. Nicholas Hoult stars as Tolkien, focusing on his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how those events influenced his work. The full cast includes Lily Collins as his great love Edith Bratt, along with Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O'Reilly, Pam Ferris, and Derek Jacobi. This is a tremendous trailer, playing up the profoundness of his writing (and his Lord of the Rings stories). Maybe I'm just a sucker for this kind of filmmaking, but I'm all for this.

Here's the full-length official trailer for Dome Karukoski's Tolkien, direct from Searchlight's YouTube:

Tolkien Movie

Tolkien Poster

You can still watch the short teaser trailer for Karukoski's Tolkien here, to see the original reveal again.

Tolkien explores the formative early years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. Tolkien is directed by Cyprus-Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski, director of the films Beauty and the Bastard, The Home of Dark Butterflies, Forbidden Fruit, Lapland Odyssey, Heart of a Lion, The Grump, and Tom of Finland previously. The screenplay is written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. This hasn't be set to premiere at any film festivals or otherwise yet. Fox Searchlight will release Karukoski's Tolkien in select theaters starting May 10th, 2019 this summer. Who's interested?

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His stories or books are much more metaphors than allegories, something I never had very much interest for. But films based on them sometimes can be a good distraction...

shiboleth on Mar 6, 2019


Metaphors? Allegories? What's the dif? Kinda similar...aren't they?

thespiritbo on Mar 6, 2019


Well, they both come from the studies of style (mostly in literature) but are more than just tropes of style since they tend to be organizing principles of narratives. Allegory is more general than the metaphor in that respect. They both rely on the source material which can be any event, someone's life story or anything else but metaphor accomplish way too little comparing to allegory. Following your findings about them in your post, I would add to it that metaphor doesn't add very much to the source material, although it does add other view of it, something like more vivid vision of it. Allegory, on the other side, can change the source material and produce new meanings from it, create more than other view about something it works on. It tends to broaden the existing source material in more than just a vivid picture of it. Anyway, allegory is much more complex than metaphor. I see Tolkien works mostly as metaphors in that respect, vividly redoubling things, but not producing anything new or interesting. That's why I wrote what I did. And I think this film is just another love letter that film industry is writing to its stories and to the authors it used for its own purposes advocating in the process the rule of metaphor. I allow myself not to be over excited about it. Anyway, I hope this helps Bo ...

shiboleth on Mar 7, 2019


Hey, shiboleth...had to go look up the dif. Here it is: The difference between an allegory and metaphor is that an allegory uses a narrative in its entirety to express an idea or teach a lesson, while a metaphor uses a word or phrase to represent an idea. So it seems to me Tolkien's it's entirety are allegories. No? Especially that metaphors are just a word or just a phrase. Many words and phrases in all his work. So to me they are allegories. That make sense to you?

thespiritbo on Mar 6, 2019


This looks good, just finished the Hobbit and Trilogy a few weeks back for the umpteenth time. Love his work.

SteadyEddieTX on Mar 6, 2019


I wasn't impressed with the teaser, but I'll have to admit the trailer hit the landing. I'm down to see this. So much has come from his writing, I like the look of this and I'd like to see the dramatized backstory.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 6, 2019


The UK making a biopic for all their super heroes.

DAVIDPD on Mar 6, 2019


Birmingham Bleeping England gave birth to both JRR TOLKIEN & the mighty BLACK SABBATH. Can we just declare it the coolest place in England already?

Michael Rice on Mar 10, 2019

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