Dominic Monaghan Returns to Fantasy with 'Molly Moon' Adaptation
While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is getting a lot of attention these days (check out the first TV spot and Ethan's report of the upcoming Denny's Hobbit-themed meals), it seems one Lord of the Rings star isn't ready to be completely left behind. Variety reports that Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry in Peter Jackson's original trilogy, will return to the fantasy genre and star in a movie called Molly Moon, adapted from the popular children's book series written by Georgia Byng. Christopher Rowley (Bonneville) is directing the film about a young orphan girl who discovers a magical book on hypnotism.
Raffey Cassidy, who played young Angelique in Dark Shadows and young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, will star as Molly, while Monaghan will play a villainous bank robber who will stop at nothing to steal Molly's secret hypnotism book and use it for his own dastardly purposes. Byng, the original author of the books, is producing alongside Amber Entertainment's Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman. This one at least seems to have a playful sense of humor about it instead of taking itself deadly seriously like most other young adult adaptations on the way, and Monaghan should be fun to watch as a bad guy here. No word yet on a start date for Molly Moon, but with Monaghan currently shooting a movie called Deep Burial with Tom Sizemore, we expect it will be a little while before this one gets rolling. Interested?