It was recently announced that Peter Jackson would have involvement in the next two Hobbit films, but only as a producer. So at least we have some of the creative team returning, and no doubt more will follow, but what about the cast? Having a different cast will not work. It wouldn’t feel the same, and it certainly wouldn’t look the same. Having the same cast that were in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is a must. So what’s going on? Well, MTV got a chance to talk to Frodo Baggins himself, Elijah Wood.
I haven’t spoken to [Jackson] directly about it [but] I’ve e-mailed him, and as far as I know, the two films that they’re doing, one will be ‘The Hobbit’ and another will take place between the 60 years that happened between ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,'” the once and future Frodo enthused to MTV News, possibly confirming rumors that the second planned film would not be a Part II, but instead a narrative bridge.
“It’s a great triumph [that Peter is involved.] I think that’s really important that the same team that worked on the [earlier] films [work on “The Hobbit”], the same effects team, that it be shot in New Zealand. I think that it’s important that Ian McKellen is cast as Gandalf, just so that there’s a synergy between the films,” he insisted. “I think people want it to exist in the same world. So at least now we are assured that it will be done through that same lens, which is great. It’s exciting.”
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