Dominic Monaghan Ready to Return for The Hobbit Movies?
"Canon be damned!" That's what I imagined coming forth from Dominic Monaghan's mouth as he spoke with MTV about the upcoming Hobbit films while doing some publicity for I Sell the Dead premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival. Monaghan spoke unfiltered about some possible, and altogether confusing, cast returns to the land of Tolkien. The creative team behind The Hobbit, mostly alumni from Lord of the Rings, are interested in bringing back our favorite halfling foursome to reprise their original roles. Monaghan, who played the Merry Brandybuck, said that he's eager to return to Middle Earth.
It's as of yet unknown if Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Billy Boyd are just as eager to don their furry feet again as Frodo, Samwise, and Pippin, respectively. Most discerning Tolkien-ites are probably already erupting lava like a miniature Mount Doom. Yes, I know. Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pip are nowhere to be found in The Hobbit. In fact, they're as yet not even born during Bilbo's adventures. So it appears that this may be one of the first clues as to what the second Hobbit film might contain. As we covered last year, The Hobbit will be shooting for a whopping 370 days and will be split into two films. The second film is generally considered to be the bridge between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and with the possibility of including much of the original cast (Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis), it appears the link may be much stronger than we'd all previously thought. However, Guillermo del Toro has been silent concerning any concrete details about the bridge film, especially so in this Sundance interview with MTV.
So, what have we learned? Unfortunately, not a whole lot that we didn't already know. First, Monaghan is excited to return as Merry, a return that may or may not happen alongside his hobbit friends, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin. Second, the second installment of The Hobbit sounds like it will be a far closer bridge to Lord of the Rings. And third, Guillermo del Toro enjoys "the dinners" most while at Sundance (via this video). Which of these three am I least excited to learn? The first two. Although I do have the greatest confidence in Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Guillermo del Toro, I can't help but think cynically about the possible attempt to wedge in a film that has no other purpose than to link the series together.
I don't need to see Elijah Wood as Frodo or Sean Astin as Samwise to be excited about Middle Earth yet again. I don't need and don't want a film returning to a world so perfectly crafted if that film is only going to destroy the canon of the timeline. (Ah-hem, Indiana Jones, Star Wars) The impact of Frodo's journey is due most centrally to the fact that his quest is his first, a movement from innocence to the very brink of evil. Don't sully that. Please don't. Are you excited for the possible return of our beloved hobbit foursome? Any theories as to what this secretive bridge film will contain? Can del Toro do any wrong?