January 10th, 2011
10:50 AM ET
Editor's Note: Look out below the jump: There's a spoiler alert as to how Elijah Wood's character will fit into 'The Hobbit.'
After much speculation, it's finally official: Elijah Wood has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" saga.
While that may be fantastic news for "Lord of the Rings" fans, it also has followers of the J.R.R. Tolkien book series scratching their heads, since Wood's character, Frodo, doesn't appear in "The Hobbit" novel and wasn't even born when the action takes place.
The explanation is simple:
According to Entertainment Weekly, Frodo will appear at the beginning of both "Hobbit" films, narrating his uncle Bilbo Baggins's story from a memoir that Bilbo left behind.
That memoir is contained in a book that Frodo was seen writing in at the end of 2003's "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
"The Hobbit," which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf, is scheduled to begin shooting in New Zealand in February.
The films are currently slated to arrive in theaters in December 2012 and 2013.
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