In a report detailing how Warner Bros. will distribute the two 'Hobbit' films internationally, Deadline let slip that several actors from the original trilogy may be in talks for roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood. While we've already known about McKellen and Serkis, Wood was a new name considering these books would've taken place before his time.
Not so, according to TheOneRing, who have since confirmed that, yes, Elijah Wood will reprise the role of Frodo and -- spoiler warning -- he'll do so by appearing in the opening sequence of the films. They explain, "As readers of "The Hobbit" know, the tale of "The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit or There and Back Again," are contained in the fictional "Red Book of Westmarch." In Peter Jackson's LOTR films, the books are shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam's progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch - hence the book's title.) The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo's story. Viewers to learn the tale of 'The Hobbit' with a familiar Frodo getting the tale as well."
The site also claims that Wood is not "in talks", and that he's been written into the script for some time now. They claim he wouldn't have been written into the script if they hadn't previously discussed the role with him. TheOneRing also says this may open the door for the rest of the original Hobbits to return, but there's currently no word on that front.
Good idea for Frodo to return? Thoughts?