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JRR Tolkein biopic set for release

Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Genevieve O’Reilly and more stepped out on the red carpet this week to celebrate the premiere of the new JJR Tolkien biopic.

Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Genevieve O’Reilly and more stepped out on the red carpet this week to celebrate the premiere of the new JJR Tolkien biopic.


Titled Tolkien, the film explores the writer’s formative years. Mad Max star Hoult will star at the titular protagonist, while The Mortal Instruments’ Collins will star as Tolkein’s wife Edith, who served as the inspiration for characters in his books.


Last week the family of the British writer distanced themselves from the feature.

They issued a statement which read: “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film.


“They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”


Tolkien, who was born in South Africa but raised in Birmingham, is known for his books in the fantasy genre including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.


The Black Country and it's abundance of coal mines, ironworks, steel mills, canals and runways is even said to have inspired Mordor.


He is widely considered one of the most influential authors ever and Hollywood adaptions of his books have grossed billions of pounds worldwide.

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