JRR Tolkien’s family say they do not ‘in any way’ endorse new biopic

JRR Tolkien’s family say they do not ‘in any way’ endorse new Hollywood biopic about Lord of The Rings creator

  • British writer the subject of upcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult titled Tolkien
  • Will tell writer’s story during The Great War and relationship with wife Edith Bratt
  • Author’s family said it does not endorse Fox Searchlight production ‘in any way’
  • Representatives believe this is first time the family has had to make a statement

The family of JRR Tolkien have distanced themselves from an upcoming biopic about the author

The family of JRR Tolkien have distanced themselves from an upcoming biopic about the author and do not approve of the new film.

Famed for creating The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, the British writer is the subject of a film starring Nicholas Hoult, appropriately titled Tolkien.

The film will tell the tale of the writer before, during and after The Great War, and how his experiences in the trenches inspired him to write the fantasy book series.

In the first statement made by the Tolkien Estate regarding the biopic, the family of the author said it does not endorse the Fox Searchlight production ‘in any way’.

The family of Tolkien are understood to consistently turn down approaches to make biopics, and wished to clarify their position.

Representatives believe this is the first time the family has had to make a statement in this way.

As the UK premiere of the film approaches, the family said it did not participate in the production, which charts Tolkien’s relationship with wife Edith Bratt.

The statement said: ‘The family of JRR Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019.

Famed for creating The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, the British writer is the subject of a film starring Nicholas Hoult, appropriately titled Tolkien (shown)

‘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.’

In the upcoming film, Hoult plays the famed British author, whose fantasy works have inspired a worldwide following, and multiple motion pictures. Lily Collins plays his romantic partner and future wife. 

The Tolkien Estate comprises a company which manages publishing interests and a charitable trust which makes grants to causes including alleviating poverty.

The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of Fox Searchlight, has been contacted for comment.

As the UK premiere of the film approaches, the family said it did not participate in the production, which charts Tolkien’s relationship with wife Edith Bratt

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