Anthony Boyle, known for playing Scorpius Malfoy in the British play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, also has signed on for the film centered on the famed author.
In Tolkien, Hoult will play the author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings book series that were later adapted into two Hollywood trilogies from Peter Jackson. Dome Karukoski is directing the project.
Tolkien, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, explores the early life of the novelist as he finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. When the horrors of World War I envelope Tolkien’s life, they threaten to tear this “fellowship” apart, and he questions the very meaning and purpose of his art. Instead, he finds a way to use these experiences as inspiration for his famous works, among them The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Collins will play Edith Bratt, Tolkien’s great love and eventual wife who inspired the elven princess characters in the Lord of the Rings saga.
Collins was most recently seen in Marti Noxon’s To the Bone and Joon-ho Bong’s Okja, which are both on Netflix after playing at Sundance and Cannes, respectively. She is repped by CAA, LBI and Definition Entertainment.
Boyle, a recent graduate of the Lyric Drama School in Belfast, has had roles in Games of Thrones and The Lost City of Z and onstage in Herons and East of Belfast Boy, which he co-wrote. He also recently wrapped the BBC/Amazon series Ordeal by Innocence, alongside Bill Nighy and Catherine Keener. Boyle will next star in the Sony TV/Channel 4 anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick in the episode “Commuter,” alongside Timothy Spall. He is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell in the U.K.