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Elijah Wood Confirmed to Star in The Hobbit, Treasure Island

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 8, 2011 at 1:31AM

Elijah Wood is on the comeback trail. The Lord of the Rings star has signed to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's prequel of The Hobbit, even though it takes place some 60 years ahead of The Fellowship of the Ring. (Spoiler alert: he's part of a narrative framing device.) The two-parter will be filmed back to back in two parts in New Zealand. Warner Bros. is partnering with MGM.
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Elijah Wood is on the comeback trail. The Lord of the Rings star has signed to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's prequel of The Hobbit, even though it takes place some 60 years ahead of The Fellowship of the Ring. (Spoiler alert: he's part of a narrative framing device.) The two-parter will be filmed back to back in two parts in New Zealand. Warner Bros. is partnering with MGM.

Wood will also star as Ben Gunn opposite Eddie Izzard in Sky TV's two-part four-hour mini-series of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Stewart Harcourt, produced by Alan Moloney and directed by Steve Barron.

Up next for Wood is summer FX series Wilfred; he's also returning to voice George Miller's Happy Feet 2 (November 18) and will voice Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising (2012). Sundance attendees can see him in Oscilloscope chief and ex-Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's short Fight for your Right Revisited, also starring John C. Reilly and Seth Rogen.

This article is related to: Franchises, In Production, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.