Even though Frodo probably won’t turn up in The Hobbit Elijah Wood was an important part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so whenever he starts talking about Middle Earth I listen. Elijah recently spoke to IESB.net while promoting 9 and he gave his thoughts on the upcoming films.
Q: As Frodo hasn’t been born yet, does that mean you won’t be in The Hobbit?
Elijah: Somebody actually asked me, “Would you want to play Bilbo?” No, I don’t want to play Bilbo. That would be far too weird. Yeah, Frodo doesn’t exist. He’s not born yet. For awhile, there was talk of a bridge film that was being bantered about, with the notion that the second film that they would make would chronologically bridge the gap between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so conceivably some of the characters could exist. But, I don’t think that’s going to happen now.
Certainly, if they found a way to make the character work, I would love to be a part of it, but I’m just excited that they’re doing it. I’m so excited that they’re getting so many of the original team back together, creatively, because it’s really I think going to help to keep the continuity of what was already established. I think it’s going to be great. I love Guillermo del Toro. I think he’s amazing.
Q: Do you ever get tired of fans talking about The Lord of the Rings?
Elijah: Really, honestly, I don’t because it’s an experience that I hold so dear, and I love those movies, too. And, not only that, but I also understand why people are excited about them. I’ve got plenty of stories. I could sit around and talk for hours, and I honestly don’t get tired of it. I think I just have perspective on it. I know that, for the rest of my life, I’ll be asked about it, and I accept that. I thank God that I’m going to be asked about something that I think is really genuinely great, for the rest of my life. It was a great experience. Only positive things came out of it, so people can ask about it all they want.
Instead of spending $150+ million making a ‘bridge’ film to link the films and reunite the cast, they should just stick this brief scene after the credits: