Star heads back to Middle Earth to film prequel

Elijah Wood has spoken about working on The Hobbit, likening it to “a family reunion”.

The actor revealed that he has returned to New Zealand since the filming of the last movie in the original trilogy – 2003’s Return Of The King – and is set to film a small scene in the upcoming prequel.

“It’s a tiny little piece,” Wood told Movieline. “Frodo‘s obviously not alive at the time of The Hobbit — it’s about 60 years before Frodo’s birth. So they’ve written a bit of a piece with Ian Holm as well, reprising his role as the older Bilbo, that I’ll do.”

He continued: “It feels like a family reunion that I’m going back for. A number of the cast members are coming back. I went back a year ago in February just to visit. I was down in Australia, so I went over for nine days and caught up with a bunch of people. It was wild, man, to be back in that whirlwind, see all those people, but working in Middle Earth again. It was really cool to be back there, and I feel like it’s going to feel the same.”

Wood is currently starring in the television show Wilfred, in which he stars as a man who befriends his neighbour’s dog, played by Jason Gann in a deliberately unconvincing canine costume.