Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) plays Edith Bratt, the childhood sweetheart and eventual wife of J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) in Tolkien, a look at the early life of the acclaimed author.

The role was a natural one for the actress, who admits to being a fan of Tolkien’s work. “I’ve always loved magic. I’ve always loved fantasy in this kind of world,” said Collins. “The books, when I was in school, were very much a part of the literature of the time. Being a kid who was already predisposed to love fantasy it was very something that was aware of. When the Peter Jackson movies came out I would go to the theater and see them, look forward to the release of the next one every time. It was something that was very much ingrained in me at a very young age.”

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Tolkien opens nationwide May 10.

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