Moviegoers looking to venture to Middle-earth will be able to see the highly anticipated new film, Tolkien, in cinemas three days prior to its national release with a special screening hosted by The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert. The event, which takes place on May 7, three days ahead of the national release of the film on May 10, is presented by Fathom Events and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Tolkien superfan Colbert will host an exclusive live Q&A with stars Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins and director Dome Karukoski from the Montclair Film Festival.
The film tells the story of how J. R. R. Tolkien transformed from a lonely orphan into one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Tolkien’s personal journey is an enchanting tale lit with the power of imagination and the bonds of fellowship. Tolkien 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.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Fathom Events and the Montclair Film Festival for this very special Tolkien event,” said Frank Rodriguez, SVP General Sales Manager, Fox Searchlight Pictures. “To be able to share this film about one of the greatest storytellers of all time with movie fans across the country through a conversation with Tolkien aficionado Stephen Colbert truly makes it a one-of-a-kind event not to be missed.”
Nicholas Hoult stars as the prolific author, most famous for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Hoult’s previous credits include The Favourite, Mad Max: Fury Road, About a Boy, and the X-Men franchise. Portraying his future wife and muse Edith, Lily Collins’ previous roles include Mirror Mirror, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Okja. The film was directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom Of Finland) and written by David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) and Stephen Beresford (Pride). The film also stars Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Derek Jacobi, Harry Gilby, Adam Bregman, Albie Marber, Ty Tennant, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly and Pam Ferris. Tolkien is produced by Peter Chernin, p.g.a., Jenno Topping, p.g.a., David Ready, p.g.a., and Kris Thykier p.g.a.
Cinematic adaptations of Tolkien’s novels have been staggeringly successful around the globe. The six films based on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises have amassed a colossal $5.85 billion in box office revenues.
“We’re so excited to bring the premiere of Tolkien to audiences across the country,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations. “Fathom operates the world’s largest live cinema network, which allows us to create live premiere events like this one that are unmatched in the industry.”
Tickets for Tolkien: Live From the Montclair Film Festival With Stephen Colbert can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices nationwide.