J.R.R. Tolkien's Estate Slams New Biopic Starring Nicholas Hoult as Lord of the Rings Author

PEOPLE.com | 4/23/2019 | Staff
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s family is making it clear that they do not support an upcoming biopic starring Nicholas Hoult as the legendary author.

The Dome Karukoski-directed Tolkien, which chronicles The Lord of the Rings author’s formative years at school, is set for release next month.

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But Tolkien’s estate issued a searing statement Tuesday declaring they had no part in making the film, and do not “endorse it or its content in any way.”

“The family of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019,” the estate said in a statement to PEOPLE.

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“The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize, or participate in the making of the film. They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”

PEOPLE has reached out to Fox Searchlight for comment.

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Tolkien stars Hoult as the British author and Lily Collins as his wife Edith. The official synopsis from Fox Searchlight 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.”

The family’s public denouncing of the film is not the first time they’ve made efforts to guard the late...
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