Elijah Wood to star in `The Hobbit`

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 09:18 AM IST

London: Hollywood actor Elijah Wood is confirmed to star in Peter Jackson`s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien`s "The Hobbit" as his "The Lord of the Rings" character Frodo Baggins.

The 29-year-old actor, who played Frodo Baggins in the film franchise, will definitely appear in the forthcoming movie prequel, despite his character not featuring in the original Tolkein novel, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Producers are rumoured to have written the film with an opening sequence in which Frodo begins to read about his uncle Bilbo Baggins` adventures.

A statement by Wood`s representatives confirmed his involvement and also revealed that he is set for a busy few months as he will also feature in a TV mini-series of "Treasure Island" alongside Eddie Izzard.

"Wood is confirmed to star in Peter Jackson`s `The Hobbit`, to be shot in New Zealand. In addition, he has signed on to play Ben Gunn in Stewart Harcourt`s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson`s `Treasure Island` along side Eddie Izzard," the statement said.

Filming for "The Hobbit", which will be split into two parts and also stars Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett, is due to begin in New Zealand next month.

IANS