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Elijah Wood to star in new horror movie from 'Saw' writer

It's called 'Cooties' and it's set in an elementary school

Elijah Wood to star in new horror movie from 'Saw' writer

Elijah Wood is set to star in a new horror movie set in an elementary school.

Titled Cooties, the film has a script by the intriguing pairing of Leigh Whannell, the writer of the first three Saw films and Insidious, and Ian Brennan, co-creator of Glee.

Wood will play a teacher who becomes an unlikely hero after a mysterious virus hits the school, turning the pupils into a pack of savages. Whannell told The Hollywood Reporter that the film was inspired by "one of life's most universal experiences – hatred for precocious, adorable children".

Cooties will be directed by Ace Norton, who is best known for helming music videos by artists like Bloc Party, Regina Spektor and Scissor Sisters. Filming is set to begin next April.

Meanwhile, Elijah Wood has recently reprised his role as Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit, a new trilogy of Tolkien adaptations from director Peter Jackson. Earlier this month, the first picture of Wood in The Hobbit was revealed - click here to have a look. Jackson's first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opens in cinemas on December 14 and you can watch the trailer below.

Video: The Hobbit – trailer

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