Colm Meaney has joined Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins in the new biopic of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.

Nicholas Hoult - Playing JRR Tolkien

US industry website Deadline.com, which first reported Meaney's casting, says The Snapper and Hell on Wheels star will play the role of Tolkien's guardian, Father Francis, in the film. 

X-Men star Hoult has been cast as Tolkien and Rules Don't Apply star Collins will portray the author's future wife, Edith Bratt. 

Lily Collins - To play Tolkien's future wife, Edith Bratt

Written by Limerick man David Gleeson (The Front LineCowboys & Angels) and directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland), Tolkien charts the orphaned writer's early years up to the outbreak of WWI and the relationships which inspired his work.  

Meaney was most recently seen on cinema screens in the culture clash comedy Halal Daddy