Fox Searchlight revealed a new poster for Tolkien, the upcoming biographical drama centered on the famed father of the high fantasy genre. The poster features Nicholas Hoult as Tolkien, Lily Collins as Edith and what looks to be the One Ring that helped to popularize the fantasy genre.
Interestingly, the ring itself bears no inscriptions and runs between Tolkien and Edith, which likely highlights the relationship between the pair as one of the film's focal points, the others being the famed author's experiences during World War I and, of course, the creation of Tolkien's fantasy world. All three were touched upon in the brief trailer released in February.
J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most influential authors, poets and philologists of the 20th century. He is best known for The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, the latter of which remains the only one that hasn't been adapted in some way, likely due to the sheer size of it and the complexity of its interconnected stories. The other two were adapted into two film trilogies -- both of which were directed by Peter Jackson -- and a spinoff television series is currently in development at Amazon Studios.
The fantasy world described within these novels continues to influence other writers to this day and this can be seen in every medium of storytelling, from novels to films to even video games.
According to Fox Searchlight, Tolkien will cover the author's formative years, which culminated in the acclaimed novels. The synopsis reads, "Tolkien explores the formative 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."
Directed by Dome Karukoski, Tolkien stars Nicholas Hoult, Lilly Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O'Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi, and is set to be released on May 10.