Has it really been 10 years since 'The Lord of the Rings' franchise first hit theaters? Elijah Wood is waxing nostalgic about returning to New Zealand this fall for 'The Hobbit' a full decade after the premiere of 'The Fellowship of the Ring.'
Wood will once again don the pointy ears and furry feet of hobbit Frodo, and he'll be joined by 'Rings' costars Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, as well as much of the original crew.
"It's a rare opportunity to revisit a specific time in my life," Wood told The Hollywood Reporter. "It feels like I'm going back to a giant family reunion in a way."
The actor, who's now starring in the offbeat FX comedy 'Wilfred,' is raving about the script and predicting that the films will be "amazing."
"I read the first script and it's incredible," Wood said. "It definitely expounds upon the book; there are already characters that are cast that are not in the book, so that indicates that it goes slightly outside the boundaries in the structure of the original novel." Of the actors already cast, Jackson has said that Evangeline Lilly will be playing an original character, that of a wood elf.
"For a while I was excited just at the notion of going back and seeing everybody and playing the character again," Wood said. "Then sitting down and reading it I became really genuinely excited about the films they were making. I think they're going to be amazing." He says he hasn't read the second script and doesn't know how Peter Jackson plans to end the 'Rings' prequel.
Wood will be at Comic-Con in San Diego in a few weeks to promote 'Wilfred' and is expecting to field 'Hobbit' questions from fans. "It's exciting to be able to talk about two projects at the same time that are at opposite ends of the spectrum," he shared.
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' hits theaters December 14, 2012.