Its a wonderfully fresh but sunny morning in the Shire, and as always I have a little bit of news for you. So we were just sitting at The Green Dragon last night, as you do, when Mr. Frodo himself joined the gathering to share with us some thoughts about his latest projects and future plans.
Elijah Wood on '9,' 'The Hobbit' and Being a Child Star (Full Interview)
Of course we are all curious to know if he has some inside on the mystery surrounding the name of the actor that will play Bilbo Bagging in The Hobbit.Q. Dominic Monaghan mentioned a while back that he might somehow be involved in 'The Hobbit.' Do you know anything about that?
A. That was something that was talked about [when] we thought there might be ... a [movie that would be a] bridge chronologically between 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings,' but I don't think they're going to do that now. From what I understand they're going to be splitting 'The Hobbit' over two films. And then they're going into some of the extended writings within 'The Lord of the Rings' that deal with some of the stuff that happens in 'The Hobbit.' For instance, the stuff with Gandalf -- like where Gandalf goes in between. So I think it'll be more those kinds of things, as opposed to getting into any period of time where characters from 'The Lord of the Rings' could exist. Certainly Frodo -- I don't think Frodo would exist during anything they would explore. It's seriously doubtful, but I'm super excited that they're doing it, and I'm really excited that Guillermo del Toro is directing it. I think it's going to be awesome.
Q. Who do you think should play Bilbo in the movies?
A. That's a tough one. I think Ian Holm really set a high bar for that performance. He really did an extraordinary job, and he really made it his own. There's a lot of quirkiness to that character. It's not the easiest character to play. One couldn't really do it straightforward -- there's some odd quirks to him. So it'll be interesting to see who they get. Nobody really comes to mind. They've mentioned a few people so far. James McAvoy is great. I think he could be interesting. But as far as they're concerned, they have not been thinking about anybody yet.
Thank you Mr.Frodo...its always nice when you spend a bit of time with us here at The Green Dragon.
Elijah latest project: 9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Elijah Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive.