Elijah Wood's 'family reunion' filming The Hobbit

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

May 17th, 2012

Elijah Wood thought it was ''bonkers'' to return to New Zealand to film 'The Hobbit'.

The 31-year-old actor visited Hobbiton, New Zealand, to reprise his role as hobbit Frodo Baggins in the 'Lord of the Rings' prequel, and he admitted it was like a ''family reunion'' being back with his fellow castmates.

He told Collider.com: ''I was there 11 years ago. That's bonkers! And it hasn't changed. It was really amazing! It was a remarkable experience, and a great family reunion. It felt like stepping back into time. It was a gift. It was awesome!''

Elijah has also been filming animated project 'TRON: Uprising', a prequel to the 'TRON: Legacy' blockbuster, and he found it was ''super-cool'' to be part of a mythological world he is so familiar with whilst voicing new character Beck for Disney's upcoming animated production.

The 'Happy Feet' star said: ''I've interacted with fans a lot 'cause I go to Comic-Con a lot. It just so happens that, the last couple of years, there's been something to promote at Comic-Con that fits that audience, so I've been there a fair amount. But, it's also a world that I'm familiar with. I'm a nerd as well, and a fan.''

Elijah has even considered disguising himself to hide from fellow comic book geeks and make the most of the annual San Diego-based comic book convention Comic-Con.

He said: ''After the first ['Lord Of The Rings] movie came out, it was pretty apparent that I couldn't do that again. And I've thought about getting a costume or a mask and walking around that way, but it's a little difficult...

''I love how the nerds just take over. It's not even San Diego anymore. The city is f****d and is totally taken over by all these people. It's great! Everybody is in costume. There are f***ing zombies walking down the street. It's the greatest thing, ever! And I walk amongst that, freely. But, the concentrated environment, not so much.''

Elijah is currently gearing up to film 'Grand Piano' with director Eugenio Mira.