Before Game of Thrones occupied our every conversation, films like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were the gold standard of fantasy sagas. Now the mind behind such epic stories is being brought to life, and the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien's most famous work is set to be explored.
Variety reports that the film, which is set to star Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max, About a Boy) and Lily Collins (To the Bone, Okja), will look back to when the author found inspiration among a group of classmates prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
Tolkien served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, publishing The Hobbit in 1937 and then writing the Lord of the Rings trilogy while working at Pembroke College.
Collins is set to play the author's great love and wife Edith Bratt who is believed to inspire elven princesses in the saga. The project will be directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski with a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford.
Nicholas Hoult is also working on a biopic of another literary legend, J.D Salinger. Rebel in the Rye will be in cinemas from September 15. Currently, Tolkien doesn't have an official release date.