Confirmed: Elijah Wood Returing as Frodo Baggins in 'The Hobbit'
Yesterday, we reported that Warner Bros will be paying the entire $500 million pricetag to finally get the long-gestating adaptation of The Hobbit off the ground with Peter Jackson at the helm. While the cast has certainly been growing over the past few months, yesterday's news brought an interesting new addition in the form of Elijah Wood potentially reprising his role as Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings. Because of his relation to The Hobbit's main character, Bilbo Baggins (to be played by Martin Freeman), this didn't seem absurd, but now TheOneRing.net has confirmed the return as Frodo and details on the size of his role.
Though initially, the two-part adaptation would have used the first film to tell the story of The Hobbit and the second film to bridge the gap between that story and The Lord of the Rings (by way of all the appendices from J.R.R. Tolkien's universe), the film is simply a two-part telling of the singular book. And so, TheOneRing.net has confirmed that Elijah Wood will appear as Frodo in the opening sequences of each film. The story of The Hobbit is being told to Frodo at the same time it is being told to the audience. So we're all just having a good ole Middle-Earth story time together. I'd be willing to bet Frodo would also appear at the end of the second film and if Bilbo is telling the story, that he might say something along the lines of, "Maybe some day you'll have an adventure of your own." That would be a nice lead-in to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What do you think?