British director James Strong – best known for his work on TV shows such as Broadchurch – is to helm the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Middle Earth.

According to Variety, the film is being developed by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who greenlit the original Lord Of The Rings trilogy when they headed up New Line.

Strong made his big screen directorial debut in 2011 with United, but his television credits include the first two series of Broachchurch, Doctor Who and the Stephen King mini-series 11-22-63.

Middle Earth will cover both Tolkien’s early married life in Oxford and his experiences during the First World War, which set him on the path to creating his celebrated Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit novels.

No word yet, though, on casting or when the film will go into production.

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