×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Elijah Wood to star in ‘The Hobbit’

'Lord of the Rings' thesp reunites with Peter Jackson on pics

It’s official — Elijah Wood is returning to Middle-earth to star in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit,” currently in pre-production in New Zealand.

Reps for Wood, who starred as Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, confirmed Friday that the thesp had signed for the back-to-back “Hobbit” films to portray Frodo again. Jackson’s set to start shooting the pics next month.

Wood’s character in the “Rings” trilogy inherited the titular ring from Bilbo Baggins and undertook the quest to destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom. The “Hobbit” story in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel centers on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who obtains the ring.

“Hobbit” cast includes Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Cate Blanchett reprising her role from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as Galadriel. Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with co-writer Philippa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner as exec producers.

“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was produced by Jackson, Walsh and Barrie Osborne.

The signing of Wood comes a day after Warner Bros. announced it will handle worldwide distribution on “The Hobbit,” taking over the international distribution and home­video on the films from MGM in exchange for funding MGM’s half of the production costs.

Wood’s also signed on to play Ben Gunn in Stewart Harcourt’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” alongside Eddie Izzard in a two-part miniseries that will air on Sky TV in the U.K. with Alan Moloney producing and Steve Barron directing.

He’s been seen this summer in FX’s new series “Wilfred,” and lends his voice to Warner Bros.’ “Happy Feet 2,” which opens in November.

Wood is also starring, with John C. Reilly and Seth Rogen, in the Sundance short “Fight for Your Right Revisited,” directed by Adam Yauch.

He’s repped by WME and Brillstein Partners.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Inside an Inox Leisure multiplex in

    India's Inox Multiplex Chain Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

    Indian multiplex chain Inox Leisure has revealed ambitious plans to more than double its existing screen capacity of 600. The company is planning to add 900 more screens across the country over the next decade. “That’s the realistic answer, but my desire is to do it over the next five years,” Siddharth Jain, director, Inox [...]

  • Joker

    Why 'Joker' Is About All of Us (Column)

    Take a look at the photo above. It’s the most poetic image to have emerged from Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” and the reason I say “poetic” isn’t just because the shot has that caught-in-action indelible vibe of a quintessential movie poster: graphic, hauntingly composed, a bit shocking (at least, the first time you see it). It’s [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Rules International Box Office With $117 Million

    Though Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stumbled at the domestic box office, the Angelina Jolie-led sequel enjoyed a far stronger start overseas. The follow-up to 2014’s fantasy adventure inspired by the “Sleeping Beauty” villain took off with $117 million from 56 international markets. In North America, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” debuted with a meager $36 [...]

  • Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s

    Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

    Five years after Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent” cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s fantasy adventure based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, flew lower than the original and debuted to a disappointing $36 million from 2,790 [...]

  • MIA Wrap

    Rome MIA Market Wraps With Stronger U.S. Presence, Boosts Italy's Industry Standing

    Rome’s MIA market for TV series, feature films and documentaries wrapped positively Sunday with organizers boasting a bump in attendance just as some 2,500 executives departed in an upbeat mood after four days of dealmaking and presentations of mostly European fresh product, which elevated Italy’s global standing in the industry, especially within the TV sector. [...]

  • Film Republic Adds Further Sales for

    Film Republic Inks Further Deals for 'God of the Piano' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sales agent Film Republic has closed further territory sales on “God of the Piano.” Film Movement previously picked up North American rights to the film, as reported exclusively by Variety. Mont Blanc Cinema has taken the rights for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Limelight Distribution is looking after the Australian and New Zealand releases, Hualu [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content