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Elijah Wood to appear in THE HOBBIT?

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by: GATW Guest Writer
January 7th, 2011

Two major updates are in for LORD OF THE RINGS fans that pertain to the highly anticipated 2012 release of Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT. The first is that Elijah Wood is in talks to reprise his role as Frodo in a cameo appearance. OneRing.net insists that the terminology "talks" is just a formality that is used because it has not been officially confirmed, but it is unlikely that Wood did not agree to appear as Frodo during the scripting phase for the film. The second update is that Wood's part in THE HOBBIT should make complete sense, and occur organically, lest you be an LOTR purist who is utterly upset and confused because Frodo is not mentioned once in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel that the film will be based on.

THE HOBBIT tells the story of Bilbo Baggins' grand adventure. Martin Freeman is already on board to play Bilbo. When it comes to other cast members from the LOTR series, there is a possibility of a grand reunion. Cate Blanchett will definitely return to play Galadriel. Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving are not confirmed, but are likely to return to play their characters of Legolas and Elrond respectively. Liv Tyler and Marton Csokas could logically return to play their ancient Elf characters and Elijah Woods' return means the door could be open for Sean Astin to also return as Sam.

As far as how Frodo will be placed in the story, I must give the obligatory SPOILER ALERT here. I would not give that alert for most films, but LOTR/HOBBIT fans are much more demanding of such warnings. Here is the juice:

In Tolkien's The Hobbit, the tale of “The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit or There and Back Again,” are contained in the fictional “Red Book of Westmarch.” In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam. The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as Frodo learns the tale as well.

You got all that? Are you satisfied by that explanation or upset? It does not matter to Peter Jackson; he appears to be running with the familiarity angle. He will have his way because if there has ever been an example of a no-risk enterprise at the box office, this could be it.

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