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Elijah Wood to Return as Frodo in The Hobbit Movies

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You heard correctly.  Elijah Wood will be returning to work with Peter Jackson and have a role in the upcoming Hobbit movies.  The role of course will be that of Frodo Baggins, the adventurous Hobbit who saves Middle Earth by destroying The One Ring (Lord of the Rings).

Just as Legolas does not appear by name in The Hobbit book, neither does Frodo.  However, there can easily be justification of Frodo being around during the time of The Hobbit, considering that Bilbo is Frodo’s Uncle.  If you are interested in the role he will play further, TheOneRing.net has a full explanation of how Frodo’s part will tie into the movies.

Elijah Wood is expected to be in the beginning of both movies.  It is also rumored that fellow Hobbits Sean Astin (and others) may be joining as small roles in the film.  This news as wells as a final confirmation of Ian Mckellen and Andy Serkis is expected to be announced soon.

In other Hobbit news, Warner Brothers and MGM have finally struck a deal in distribution.  Warner Brothers will have worldwide theatrical distribution rights of both Hobbit movies.  Warner Brothers will also pay the entire cost to film both movies, which as of now, is estimated to be above the $500 million range.  This move, once again, has put a stall on other anticipated MGM movies, including the newest James Bond movie.  Hobbit shooting begins next month.

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  • Julio Gennari

    I think it’s pretty cool to have Frodo back. Even though he is not in the book, it would be nice to have him for the more “mainstream” and non Tolkien-fan viewers as a way to establish another bond with the LOTR movies.

  • Stian

    That Frpdo pops up in the end of the movie.. that i can understand because bilbo is his family and eventually the rings comes to him… but this must be it…. The hobbit is another story… in the end the two stories ( hobbit and lords of the ring) will overlap each other so that the story is complete.. i think it’s a good thing… but hopefully they won’t overdo it much …

  • Stian

    That frodo pops up in the end of the movie.. that i can understand because bilbo is his family and eventually the rings comes to him… but this must be it…. The hobbit is another story… in the end the two stories ( hobbit and lords of the ring) will overlap each other so that the story is complete.. i think it’s a good thing… but hopefully they won’t overdo it much …

  • http://www.ishouldworkonthehobbit.com Boomshakah

    I’m actually glad they’re doing it this way, because the majority of my friends have never read either The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings. Because of this, they have no idea how the books tie together or even where they are in relation to each other chronologically. The way they’re planning to use Frodo will help establish this for audiences who have seen and loved the movies but never read the books.

  • http://twitter.com/boris_novikov Boris Novikov

    Frodo Baggins was born in 2968, 22th of September.
    Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves had started their quest in 2941.
    In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings Bilbo is 111, Frodo is 33.
    See the problem? :)

  • Anonymous

    Frodo Baggins was born in 2968, 22th of September.
    Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves had started their quest in 2941.
    In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings Bilbo is 111, Frodo is 33.
    See the problem? :)

  • Anonymous

    Frodo Baggins was born in 2968, 22th of September.
    Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves had started their quest in 2941.
    In the beginning of The Lord of the Rings Bilbo is 111, Frodo is 33.
    See the problem? :)

  • http://twitter.com/Tabethaberry Tabetha Berry

    I think it’s possible, I like it and I want to know how I CAN BE IN THE MOVIE!!! I’LL EVEN PLAY A DWARF EXTRA!!

  • http://twitter.com/Tabethaberry Tabetha Berry

    You are correct, but as Boomshakah mentions below, many of the fans today haven’t read the books as much as someone like myself – and it will just help them tie it all together.

  • Anonymous

    I think the easiest way to tie two books together would be if Frodo was some kind of a narrator. For example, he’s sitting in his chair just before he left Middle-Earth forever and thinking about all story.

  • Guest

    What about Christopher Lee? is going to play as Saruman again? as Gandalf the character suited him perfectly, i really hope he comes back!

  • Michaelhhdk

    Gotta love Frodo:)
    But i don’t see how it would make the film better. I hope they stay true to the book. We all know Bilbo and the ring, that’s enough to tie the films and books together, i think :)

  • Frego

    I do agree with Boris Novikov, it will be a problem. On the other hand, of course it will be cool to see all of these beloved fellows again in The Hobbit. Let´s see what will happend.

  • Kat143528

    wow.. what a very good news.. heheh..

  • Charliebrownlink

    I think its a bit much to load all the characters into the movie, and not keep it close to the book. The characters are using their own ways to manipulate the director and get in on a historical present. Peter needs to stand up an deny them the right of this ‘motion in this picture’- keep it like the book Peter—-

  • Simon Phoenix

    The whole issue essentially is tied together in the scenes where the map is shown witht he Desolation of Smaug on it which took place in the latter half of the Hobbit, and when the Fellowship goes into the mines of Moria led by Gimli to see his cousin Balin who is one of the dwarves who survives the battle again in the latter half of the Hobbit. So there is really no need to have Frodo in the film, or Legolas for that matter to tie the films together. Actually Bilbo and Gandalf can do that.