Elijah Wood's Hobbit reunion
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.
Elijah Wood found filming 'The Hobbit' movies to be like a "family reunion".
The 30-year-old star is set to reprise the role of Frodo Baggins in the 'Lord of the Rings' prequels 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again', and he found it "incredibly surreal" when he returned to New Zealand to record his scenes for the forthcoming movies.
He said: "Production on 'The Hobbit' has been great, it was a treat to go back. It was like a family reunion. The movie has largely the same crew who worked on 'Lord of the Rings'. Many of the same actors are reprising their roles, so it's incredibly surreal, it's like a step back in time.
"We were in Hobbiton three weeks ago. I turned 19 when I was in Hobbiton for the first time and I'm 30 now so it just shows you how much time has passed and I think the movies are going to be incredible."
Elijah is a "really big fan" of Martin Freeman's portrayal of his onscreen uncle Bilbo Baggins - who was previously played by Ian Holm in the 'Lord of the Rings' series - in the forthcoming movies, and he is confident people will "love" the way he is playing the character.
Speaking at the UK launch of his latest film, Warner Bros' 'Happy Feet Two', he added to BANG Showbiz: "Frodo is not alive during the time of the Hobbit so they've done a flash forward. I didn't get chance to work with the dwarfs, I was just hanging out with them.
"I got to do a little bit of work with Martin Freeman, who is awesome - I'm a really big fan. I think what he's doing with Bilbo is great and everyone will love it."
'Happy Feet 2' is set to be released on December 2 in the UK.