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Elijah Wood To Return For 'The Hobbit'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 6, 2011 11:13 AM
8 Comments
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Oh Yeah, Warner Bros. Is Going To Pay For & Distribute 'The Hobbit' Everywhere Too



In not so shocking news, MGM has a bit of cash crunch, thus the idea of them distributing or even somehow paying for "The Hobbit" was kind of hilarious.

So in an inevitable bit of news, it was been announced today that Warner Bros. will handle both domestic and international distribution for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," which should make shareholders very, very happy. As for MGM, they will cling to the international television licensing rights to the film. In addition, according to Deadline, they will be taking on the full financing of the picture as well. However, the real piece of juicy, potentially exciting news is mentioned in a bit of a throwaway line.

Updating his original report, Mike Fleming reports that as the production gears up to shoot next month, a few notable names are still needed to be officially nailed down, including Ian McKellen (who confirmed he was coming back) and Orlando Bloom (reports of his potential involvement surfaced last month). In addition, he adds that he's "heard talk of conversations" with Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis. We'll pause as the Internet loses its mind.

Now, bear in mind, this is pretty speculative at this point. However, when Deadline makes this kind of mention, it's certainly worth listening to. Gollum is introduced in "The Hobbit" and factors into the story but Frodo is nowhere to be found; if we had to guess Serkis reprises his role as Gollum (hardly shocking) and Wood cameos at the end of part two as Frodo to help bridge into "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy.

So far Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylester McCoy, Adam Brown, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher are all confirmed and we figure more announcements are imminent. The film will shoot in 3D with Peter Jackson at the helm, with the first picture landing in theaters in December 2012.

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8 Comments

  • WW | January 8, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    Sorry Oi, that makes no sense.
    According to Tolkien's timeline, easily found at the end of the Lord of the Rings, the events of The Hobbit take place starting in 2941 of the Third Age, and cover a period of a few months thereafter.
    Frodo isn't even born until 2968TA, 27 years later!

  • WW | January 8, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    Sorry Oi, that makes no sense.
    Frodo wouldn't even have been conceived when the events of the Hobbit take place.
    Look in the appendices of the LOTR books. The events of the Hobbit take place starting in 2941 of the Third Age of Middle Earth. Frodo isn't born until 2968TA, 27 years later!
    Legolas, being a couple of thousand years old, would at least be alive.

  • rodie | January 7, 2011 6:39 AMReply

    Perhaps Elijah Wood will play Frodo's father Drogo in a cameo or small role.

  • Sandi | January 7, 2011 12:17 AMReply

    Elijah Wood has been on record repeatedly saying if he were asked and it made sense in the story line that he would happily reprise his role. How they will incorporate Frodo and have it make sense is the question.

  • Paul | January 7, 2011 12:14 AMReply

    Elijah Wood coming back would make no sense. Especially since chronologically The Hobbit takes place over 50 years before The Lord of the Rings.

  • Oi | January 6, 2011 11:54 AMReply

    In some ways, it makes sense for Orlando and Elijah to come back, since the story takes place in their home towns. Because The Hobbit was written before Tolkein fully thoughtout his mythos you can only assume that they are present but not mentioned.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | January 6, 2011 11:43 AMReply

    Just to clarify (I've amended the sentence even) Serkis is not really a surprise. But Elijah Wood? Definitely.

  • Doug | January 6, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    How is it a surprise that Serkis is back? Gollum plays a major part in the story...

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