Here’s your first look at Nicholas Hoult as Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in the upcoming biopic, Tolkien.

The film will explore “the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.”

The film stars Hoult and Lily Collins. It hits theatres May 10.