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‘Red Oaks’ Star Craig Roberts Joins Fox Searchlight’s J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Rising star Craig Roberts has been cast in Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment’s biopic “Tolkien.” Roberts made his breakthrough as the protagonist in Richard Ayoade’s indie movie “Submarine,” and is currently starring in the third and final season of Amazon Studios’ “Red Oaks,” reprising the lead role of David Myers in the Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green production.

Tolkien,” directed by Dome Karukoski, and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, focuses on the early life of the author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Roberts plays Sam, with whom Tolkien serves during World War I, the horrors of which threaten to tear the “fellowship” apart.

As well as “Red Oaks,” whose first season premiered in 2015, Roberts has starred, alongside Paul Rudd, in Netflix’s “The Fundamentals of Caring,” directed by Rob Burnett. Roberts’ other notable credits include “Kill Your Friends,” “22 Jump Street,” “Bad Neighbors,” “The Double,” “Comes a Bright Day,” “Jane Eyre,” “Skins” and “Being Human.” He will next be seen in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s historical drama “The Current War.”

Roberts, who co-founded production company Cliff Edge Pictures, is also a director, writer and producer. His directorial debut, British comedy “Just Jim,” which he also wrote, starred Roberts opposite Emile Hirsch. The film, which had its theatrical release in 2015, stars Roberts as a lonely Welsh teenager who is given the chance to increase his popularity when a cool American moves in next door. He is working on his second directorial feature, “Eternal Beauty,” which will go in to production early next year.

Craig is represented by Curtis Brown in the U.K., and WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners in the U.S.

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