Deadline reports Nicholas Hoult has emerged as the frontrunner to play J.R.R. Tolkien in a biopic about the legendary Lord of the Rings author.
The film is set to follow Tolkien during the beginning of World War I as the young orphan discovers friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a group of classmates which would ultimately inspire him to write the classic fantasy novels.
Tolkien served in the British armed forces from 1916 – 1920, then wrote the two novels while working at Pembroke College. The Hobbit was published in 1937. The author then wrote The Lord of the Rings between 1937 and 1949. He died in 1973.
Dome Karukoski is directing the film from a script written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Chernin Entertainment will produce for Fox Searchlight.
According to the trade, Hoult caught the filmmaker’s attention with his performance in the upcoming Yorgos Lanthimos-directed film The Favourite. The actor will next be seen as a young J.D. Salinger in the upcoming biopic Rebel in the Rye. He is also set to reprise his role as The Beast in the next main installment of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is currently in production in Montreal under the direction of Simon Kinberg.
5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’
With DC revealing that the upcoming Flash movie will be titled Flashpoint, fans are wracking their brains trying to figure out what will happen. While the story is famous for rebooting the DC universe before the New 52 initiative, the series is chop full of awesome moments. The book is full of awesome alternate versions of characters and emotional moments that ground the universe-changing story in a deeply personal core narrative. For those who don’t know, Flashpoint follows what happens after Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother on the night of her murder. When he returns to the present, he finds that everything he’s ever known is different and he’s even lost his powers.
It might not be the perfect story to introduce people to the larger Flash universe, but I trust Geoff Johns. Hopefully now that the plot seems to be a bit more set, a director or directors (I’m looking at you Phil Lord and Chris Miller) will step onto the project soon and help mold it into something awesome. If Warner Bros. chooses to introduce an alternate version of the DC Extended Universe to the bigscreen, there’s no one I’d rather explore it with than Flash. Barry Allen is the heart and soul of the DCU, so it’s only fitting to watch him try and inject some light into a dark version of his home.
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