The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien says it did not approve and does not endorse a new film about the author’s life, The Telegraph reports.
The film, “Tolkien,” stars actor Nicholas Hoult. It centers on the years before Tolkien wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” the newspaper reported.
The movie tells the story “how the young Tolkien transformed from a lonely orphan into one of the great storytellers of all time,” the newspaper quoted publicity material about the film.
The film delves into the relationship Tolkien had with Edith Bratt, who later became his wife and inspiration for some of his characters.
Ahead of the film’s release, the author’s family released a statement distancing itself from the biopic.
“The family of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled 'Tolkien' that is due for release in May 2019,” the statement said.
“The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize, or participate in the making of this film.
“They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”
The Guardian newspaper noted the author’s estate has carefully protected his legacy. It said his heirs settled a lawsuit over royalties in 2009 from the "Lord of the Rings" films.
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