Elijah Wood is only delira to be returning New Zealand this Autumn to shoot his part in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which coincidentally falls on the 10th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, for Wood this is much like returning to where he belongs, the whole family together again. "It's a rare opportunity to revisit a specific time in my life...It feels like I'm going back to a giant family reunion in a way; a lot of the same creative team are involved and a number of the cast are coming back." Speaking about the script, Wood said "I read the first script and it’s incredible. 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."

To the delight of many LOTR fans out there, Wood will step back into his prosthetic, oversized feet along with Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and more are set to return, all returning their respective roles. And as evident from his chat with the Hollywood Reporter, he couldn't be happier about the prospect."For a while I was excited just at the notion of going back and seeing everybody and playing the character again...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."

Warner Bros.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be out December 14, 2012.

Caroline Foran