Fox Searchlight has debuted the second official trailer for the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Tolkien ahead of its release later in the year. Nicholas Hoult plays the title character, the celebrated author of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ novels.

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Also amongst the cast are Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

The film explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. All of these experiences would later inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.

The film drops into cinemas on 3rd May. Here’s the brand new trailer.