One Hobbit Announced; Three More to Go (Updated July 10) - Hollywood Reporter Announces Wood Will Be Frodo
"Elijah Wood has been cast in the lead role of Frodo Baggins in New Line Cinema's live-action trilogy feature "The Lord of the Rings," based on J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally renowned fantasy novels. Production begins shooting in October in New Zealand. The project marks a major commitment from Wood, since principal photography will last more than a year on each film -- "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King" -- and they will be shot back to back. Peter Jackson ("Heavenly Creatures") will direct the mythical project, which tells the saga of a desperate battle against encroaching evil -- a perilous quest to save humanity that falls upon the shoulder of Frodo, who has inherited a seemingly magic ring from his elderly cousin Bilbo."