The author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is about to go on an unexpected journey of his own.
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that the Legends of Tomorrow season finale episode, titled “Aruba,” is entering its last week of production. To accompany the announcement tweet, Guggenheim included a copy of the episode’s cast list as an image. In addition to the usual suspects that make up the show’s main cast and recurring guest stars, the sheet also lists actor Jack Turner as J.R.R. Tolkien, presumably the same J.R.R. Tolkien who created Middle-earth.
Legends of Tomorrow's season finale enters its last week of production today. pic.twitter.com/EaUJ1BDCaX— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) February 21, 2017
Since there has been no official casting announcement, there are no official details concerning Tolkien’s role in the episode. The most popular actor known as Jack Turner has appeared on the FX sci-fi drama Stitchers and appears significantly younger than most fans think of Tolkien as being. This seems to suggest that the Legends of Tomorrow team will be meeting Tolkien during a period of his life prior to the writing of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
It is also unclear how the Aruba, the episode's title and the name of a Caribbean island, connect with the British fantasy icon, but Legends of Tomorrow does have a few episodes to go yet that may hint at where things are going.
Tolkien's appearance will follow one by Star Wars creator George Lucas, played by Matt Angel, in an episode from earlier in Legends of Tomorrow Season 2.
Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).