Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and, surprisingly, Elijah Wood will reprise their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of “The Hobbit,” according to EW.com.
As anticipated, McKellen will again play Gandalf the Grey and Serkis the vile creature Gollum. Both characters are key to “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s fantasy novel that proceeds the LOTR’s trilogy. The wizard Gandalf tricks intrepid Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) into joining the magic man and a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim a treasure held by the dragon Smaug. On the journey, Bilbo encounters Gollum, who possesses the enchanted ring that is the focus of the later trilogy.
In addition, EW has confirmed that Elijah Wood, who played Bilbo’s nephew Frodo Baggins in the LOTR films will reprise the part in “The Hobbit” movies. While Frodo is the main character in the LOTR trilogy, Tolkien never mentions him in “The Hobbit.”
According to the official Tolkien fan site TheOneRing.net, Wood will appear as Frodo in the opening scenes of “The Hobbit” films, thus framing the story and presumably connecting it to the LOTR movies.
TheOneRing.net is keeping a handy-dandy “The Hobbit” casting page with the latest updates on confirmed casting news for the films; click here to visit it.