EXCLUSIVE: Elijah Wood Dishes On His ‘Hobbit’ Role!

Two weeks ago, news broke that Elijah Wood will be returning to Middle-Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) as beloved Shire-dweller Frodo for a small role in Peter Jackson’s two-part “LOTR” prequel “The Hobbit” — and now MTV News has scored some exclusive details on the cameo from Wood himself.

While at the Sundance Film Festival to promote the Adam Yauch-directed Beastie Boys short “Fight for Your Right Revisited,” Wood opened up to MTV about why he’s excited for his “Hobbit” role, what it might entail and why J.R.R. Tolkein purists need not fret — or snarl like Gollum — at the idea of Frodo’s inclusion in the films (he wasn’t in the book). Check out the interview below.

“It’s a gift to be able to go back to New Zealand,” Wood said. “I mean, it’s largely the same crew and the same creative team. It’s seven years since we finished on the last film, and it’s an opportunity to go back and have a reunion with everyone.”

While it’s true that Frodo hadn’t been born when the events of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” occur — the story follows Frodo’s Uncle Bilbo’s quest to destroy the dragon Smaug — Wood insists that purists need not worry that the films will do injustice to the tome.

“You know, it’s a very small piece, and I think that’s the most appropriate,” he said of his part in the films. “Obviously Frodo’s not alive within the context of the ’Hobbit’ piece.”

So how will Frodo be incorporated? Reports have suggested that the “Hobbit” films will unfold as a story being told in flashback, perhaps with someone reading Bilbo’s fictional book “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” to a group. Our theory — and hope — is that Gandalf will unspool the “Hobbit” tale whilst the entire Fellowship of the Ring sits around a campfire in the midst of their “LOTR” quest to destroy the One Ring. That would be a nice way to get the whole original crew back together for sure.

And, judging by what Wood told us, it’s a definite possibility. “It’s an idea that Peter and Fran [Walsh] and Philippa [Boyens] — the writers — came up with,” Wood said of how he’ll be incorporated. “The way that it’ll fit in will not at all infringe upon the integrity of ’The Hobbit.’ So I think it’s — it’ll fit. And it’ll be appropriate. And I’m excited. It’ll be great.”

Are you excited for “The Hobbit”? How do you think Wood’s cameo should be incorporated?