30 June 2011

Elijah Wood: First 'Hobbit' Script is 'Incredible'

Returning to New Zealand this fall to film his scenes for The Hobbit is Elijah Wood, who currently stars in FX's new series 'Wilfred.' The first script, says Wood, is "incredible. It definitely expounds upon the book; there are already characters that are cast that are not in the book, so that indicates that it goes slightly outside the boundaries in the structure of the original novel."

"For a while I was excited just at the notion of going back and seeing everybody and playing the character again," he adds. "Then sitting down and reading it I became really genuinely excited about the films they were making. I think they're going to be amazing."

"It's a very small piece," he notes. "Obviously Frodo's not alive during the Hobbit chronology so it's a small piece that was written into the script. It makes sense based on the script they wrote. It's a really fun opportunity to go back, it's kind of an extraordinary thing after so many years to go back to New Zealand and work within the context of Middle Earth with a large group of the same creative team and crew and many of the same cast members. It just feels like a giant family reunion. I'm so excited!"

He has not read the script for the second film, nor does he know how Peter Jackson plans to wrap up the highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is slated for release on December 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be out on December 13, 2013.

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