Elijah Wood To Return To MiddleEarth For The Hobbit January 10, 2011 Elijah Wood Confirmed For The Hobbit Last week rumours began to spread that Elijah Wood would be joining the cast of ‘The Hobbit’ and now the actor’s reps have come forward and confirmed that the actor will indeed star in the movie. The news will undoubtedly raise the eyebrows of those familiar with the original novel, as the events of ‘The Hobbit’ occur well before Frodo is born. It is possible they plan for the actor to either deliver a Galadriel-esque introduction voiceover, a la Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings, or appear towards the conclusion of the second Hobbit installment as a way to tie the two novel adaptations together. Peter Jackson, who directed all three ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films, will helm the two films back-to-back, telling the story of ‘The Hobbit’ from screenplays written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro. The ‘Hobbit’ films are set to begin production in February, with release dates targeted for December 2012 and December 2013. The cast already includes Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Cate Blanchett, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown and Sylvester McCoy. Others actors from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ franchise likely to return include Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis.