"Tolkien" is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski.
The starring cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney as Father Francis Morgan, Derek Jacobi as Joseph Wright, Harry Gilby, Mimi Keene, Adam Bregman as Geoffrey Smith, Anthony Boyle as Geoffrey Bache Smith, Albie Marber as Robert Gilson, Patrick Gibson as Robert Q. Gilson and others.

Here are "Tolkien" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Tolkien movie?

SearchlightPictures on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 released the trailer for "Tolkien" you can watch here:
TOLKIEN | Trailer 2 | FOX Searchlight.

Plot summary

What is Tolkien movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Tolkien" movie plot summary.

As young children being raised by a single mother, J. R. R. Tolkien and his brother receive help from a local priest, Father (Colm Meaney) Francis, who must relocate them from their home to small apartments in Birmingham due to financial hardships. Their mother is supportive and loving, filling their minds with stories of adventure and mystery which she recites by the fireplace at night. She becomes ill, however, and one day upon returning home from school, Tolkien finds her slumped in her chair, dead. Father Francis becomes the boys' legal guardian, and eventually finds a kindly rich woman who agrees to take them in, providing them with room and board while they continue their childhood education. There, Tolkien meets Edith Bratt, the woman's only other ward. Tolkien is taken with Edith, whose piano playing he admires, and the two become friends.
At school, Tolkien immediately shows talent with languages, earning rough treatment from a rival classmate, Robert. When the two boys get into a fight, the headmaster - Robert's father - orders that they spend all of their time together for the remainder of the term. While both initially resent the assignment, Tolkien is soon accepted into Robert's small circle of friends, and the four - J. R. R., Robert, Geoffrey, and Christopher - form a close friendship, which grows with the years, even as they attend separate universities. Meanwhile, Tolkien continues his friendship with Edith, falling in love with her. Father Francis finds out about their relationship and recognizes that it is affecting Tolkien's grades, and so forbids him from pursuing her while under his guardianship. Tolkien is distraught, not wanting to lose the priest's financial support of his schooling. He relates the conversation to Edith, promising they will be able to be together when he reaches 21, the age of majority, but she instead ends the relationship.


Who plays who in the Tolkien movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Tolkien" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Nicholas Hoult  as J.R.R. Tolkien
Lily Collins  as Edith Bratt the lifelong love and later wife of Tolkien
Colm Meaney  as Father Francis Morgan a Roman Catholic priest and former protege of Cardinal John Henry Newman
Derek Jacobi  as Joseph Wright (linguist), Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford
Harry Gilby  as J.R.R. Tolkien (Young)
Mimi Keene  as Edith Bratt (Young)
Adam Bregman  as Geoffrey Smith (Young)
Anthony Boyle  as Geoffrey Bache Smith an aspiring poet, and the closest of Tolkien's friends
Albie Marber  as Robert Gilson (Young)
Patrick Gibson  as Robert Q. Gilson an outgoing and charismatic classmate of Tolkien's
Craig Roberts  as Private Sam Hodges
Ty Tennant  as Christopher Wiseman (Young)
Tom Glynn-Carney  as Christopher Wiseman
Pam Ferris  as Mrs. Faulkner
Guillermo Bedward  as Hilary Tolkien (Young)
Laura Donnelly  as Mabel Tolkien
James MacCallum  as Hilary Tolkien his younger brother
Owen Teale  as Headmaster Gilson
Genevieve O'Reilly  as Mrs. Smith
Al Bollands  as First Soldier
Kallum Tolkien  as Second Soldier
Nia Gwynne  as Bronwen
Adrian Schiller  as English Master
Tony Nash  as Mackintosh
Michael Bryceson  as Goodson-Thomas
Andrew Bissell  as Rugby Coach
Sian Crisp  as Waitress
Antony Barlow  as Maรฎtre d' (as Antony Raymond Barlow)
David Puckridge  as Box Office Man
David Bromley  as Schoolmaster
Lara Maguire  as Rose
Holly Dempster  as Beryl
Jane Dixon-Rowland  as Mary
David Birkbeck  as Porter
Colin Burnie  as Professor #1 (as Colin Macdonald Burnie)
Andy Orchard  as Professor #2
Frank Kerr  as Drunken Student
Rob Rhys Bond  as Photographer
Joel Phillimore  as Lieutenant
John Bradfield  as Student
Mia Woods  as Priscilla Tolkien (Child)
Sienna Woods  as Priscilla Tolkien (Child)
Paul Gurcel Escudero  as Michael Tolkien (Child)
Harry Webster  as John Tolkien Jnr. (Child)
Jack Riley  as Christopher Tolkien (Child)

Release date

When is Tolkien movie release date?

"Tolkien" movie release date was scheduled to be on May 3, 2019 (United Kingdom), on May 10, 2019 (United States), on June 19, 2019 (France) and on June 20, 2019 (Germany) distributing by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 20th Century Fox France, 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Nordisk Film, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Odeon.


What are Tolkien filming details?

The duration of the film is 112 minutes. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed over $9 million.

"Tolkien" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Tolkien movie?

"Tolkien" movie got average rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 51/100. But the audience loves the film.

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