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The family of author JRR Tolkien have said they do not approve of the upcoming biopic film made about his life.

Famed for creating The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, the British author's fantasy works have created a global franchise of films.

Tolkien, the biopic of his own life starring Nicholas Hoult, is due to premiere in the UK next week.

Image: JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the epic Lord Of The Rings trilogy

Ahead of the red carpet event, the author's family have issued a statement – their first regarding the film – saying they do not endorse the Fox Searchlight production "in any way".

The Tolkien Estate statement said: "The family of JRR Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled Tolkien that is due for release in May 2019.

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"The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film.

"They do not endorse it or its content in any way."

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