James Strong to Direct a J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

By Maryann Yin 

J.R.R. Tolkien 200 (GalleyCat)Angus Fletcher has written the script for a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic called Middle Earth. Fletcher spent six years conducting research and interviews for this project.

According to The Hollywood ReporterJames Strong has signed on as the director. Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, and Rachael Horovitz will serve as producers.

Here’s more from Variety: “The film follows Tolkien’s early life and his love affair with Edith Bratt, whom he later married. ‘The couple lived happily in Oxford, surrounded by friends, but when war breaks out in 1914, Tolkien embarks on four years of battle, hardship, and new friendships that serve to shape his imagination and start him on the path to Middle Earth,’ according to a Protagonist statement.” (via Deadline)