22 November 2013 1:30 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Many fine actors, from Viggo Mortensen to Christopher Lee, have brought the characters of J. R. R. Tolkien to life in The Lord of The Rings trilogy (and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). But what about Tolkien himself? With the Los Angeles Times reporting that a biopic about the English linguist – tentatively titled Tolkien, with a script being written by David Gleeson – is in the works, here are five men up to the task of portraying the late great writer.

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