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Elijah Wood Returning for 'The Hobbit'

As Peter Jackson begins to assemble his troops for two more Lord of the Rings films – this time based on the prequel book The Hobbit – all everyone seems to be concerned with is which cast members from the first three films will return for these two. Already, we're seeing word that Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom will be returning in some capacity, and now the latest rumors surrounds Frodo himself, Elijah Wood.

Elijah Wood claims they can confirm that Wood will indeed play a role in the films, but not a major part like in the original trilogy. Here's how they explain it: "As readers of "The Hobbit" know, the tale of "The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit or There and Back Again," are contained in the fictional "Red Book of Westmarch." In Peter Jackson's LOTR films, the books are shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam's progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch - hence the book's title.) The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo's story. Viewers to learn the tale of 'The Hobbit' with a familiar Frodo getting the tale as well."
With Frodo back in the mix, there's also a chance we could see the remaining Hobbits return for cameo appearances – and maybe they'll even find a way to bring in Viggo Mortensen to play Aragorn, if only for a scene or two so that the fans can enjoy an uber nostalgic geek out moment.
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