TOLKIEN, the Teaser Trailer: A New Biopic by Fox Searchlight (Friday Feature)

There has been buzz about this for a few months now, and really years of wondering and wandering on Hollywood-quality biopic of Tolkien. Fox Searchlight has picked up the idea and has finally announced a release date of May 10th. Jeepers, I’m guessing five years or more since this was announced and we started speculating about it–at least since the Hobbit films were rolling out. Now we have a teaser trailer that shows some skill. It can’t answer the question yet of whether they will get J.R.R. Tolkien on the deeper levels, but it will no doubt create some buzz. I’ll probably have to travel to a different province to see this, but you big city folk should have a chance to get in line in 3 months! Fingers crossed.

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.

Only In Theaters May 10, 2019

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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22 Responses to TOLKIEN, the Teaser Trailer: A New Biopic by Fox Searchlight (Friday Feature)

  1. Bookstooge says:

    I expect this to be on the same level as that so-called “biography” of Lewis that you reviewed the other day.
    For your sake I hope not though…

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  3. If it’s as good as this trailer, then it will rock. I hope so!

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie 🙂

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  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this! It sounds like the movie of John Garth’s Tolkien and the Great War, but searching around a bit at IMDB, I find nary a reference to book or author… Attempting to get a sense of the previous work of the two listed writers and the director (including looking at a lot of viewer reviews of the latter’s earlier films) begets forebodings… (Maybe acquaintance with Peter Jackson’s films prior to LotR might have done the same… so, here’s hoping, but…)

    Meanwhile, I can heartily recommend several films by Elliot and Zander Weaver (available free online) one about Robert Quilter Gilson, Tolkien’s fellow-TCBS member – Robert Gilson: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; and Tolkien’s Great War; and The Price of Freedom; and July 1st 1916: Why the Plan Failed; and KES Roll of Honour – all accessible here:

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  5. Yewtree says:

    So glad the TCBS will be commemorated by this film. I wonder what Tolkien’s school friends might have achieved if they hadn’t been killed in the First World War. He was obviously deeply affected by this loss.

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