Credit to Slashfilm for finding a little thing in Deadline’s story about Warner Bros assuming MGM’s half of The Hobbit‘s massive 500-550 million dollar production budget: Mike Fleming name drops Elijah Wood as an actor who might return for the film.
But how? The Hobbit takes place long before The Lord of the Rings, and even if you wanted to bring in Elijah as a young Frodo, it’s been a while - Elijah’s still looking good these days, but I don’t think he’s looking pre-Fellowship of the Ring. You could do that horrible Jeff Bridges de-aging shit, sure… but what if there’s another answer?
What if Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit plays not like an antecedent to The Lord of the Rings, but as a prequel? What if it opens with Frodo, returned from his adventures but not yet sailed away from the Grey Havens, reading Bilbo’s tale in The Red Book of Westmarch? That would make sense for general audiences, and it could give Jackson an opportunity to stage something of a reunion of sorts.
Or maybe Fleming’s sources don’t even know what the hell The Hobbit is and just assumed that since so many of the original cast were returning ALL of the original cast would return. But I kind of like the idea of the film opening with Frodo sitting by a fire with the big old book in his lap,