Production of Peter Jackson’s the Hobbit apparently steams ahead. The latest news is that Elijah Wood will be reprising his Lord of the Rings role as Frodo Baggins. Apparently there is going to be a frame that bookends the movies (remember, there will reportedly be two movies, the second one including some bridging material between the Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring). Frodo will be part of that structure. I would imagine, as well, that Frodo might have some role to play near the end of the bridging material, bringing us up to FotR’s doorstep.
I can’t say that I am as excited about this project as I was about the LotR series. I was a lot more excited when Guillermo del Toro was on board, but I’ve bitched about that elsewhere. I will say that I am glad that Elijah Wood is getting more work. It’s too bad that neither he nor Sean Astin were able to capitalize on their work in the LotR series to become more bankable. Both are still working, but both are very solid actors and should be getting much more. That’s true for Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan as well—Pippin and Merry—though Dominic did get some time on Lost.