Dome Karukoski to direct film about early years of JRR Tolkien

The Finnish director Dome Karukoski, who released Tom of Finland earlier this year, will direct a biopic about J.R.R Tolkien.

Tolkien is, of course, known for having written a collection of novels set in Middle Earth that served as the basis for the film trilogies of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

The film will be about the author in his younger years; finding friendship, love, and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920, then wrote the two novels while working at Pembroke College. Tolkien died in 1973.

Karukoski is currently directing The Starling, which follows a man as he grieves over the death of his baby daughter while trying to hold on to his strained relationship with his suicidal wife. Karukoski’s other credits include Lapland Odyssey and Heart of a Lion.

Read our interview with Dome Karukoski here.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.