A week or so ago word hit the web â€“ with a thump! â€“ that Hugo Weaving was set to reprise his role as Elrond (from â€œLord of the Ringsâ€) for Guillermo Del Toroâ€™s â€œThe Hobbitâ€. Thing is, itâ€™s news to Weaving, who told me earlier today (at an interview for his new film, â€œLast Rideâ€) that heâ€™s yet to have a discussion with anyone concerning the film.
â€œI knew that if and when it happened Iâ€™d get a call and weâ€™d chat about it, but I havenâ€™t spoken to anyone about it. Someone said to me â€˜I hear youâ€™re doing the Hobbit?â€™ I said â€˜Well, um, probablyâ€™, they said â€œNo, no. youâ€™ve signed onâ€™. I havenâ€™t actually talked to anyone about it. Doesnâ€™t mean I wonâ€™t be doing it, [Iâ€™m] just not onboard yet.â€
Weaving hasnâ€™t met the prequelâ€™s director but says the heâ€™s â€œreally excited that [Del Toro] is directing. Heâ€™s a fantastic choice â€“ an absolutely wonderful choice, just brilliant. Itâ€™d be good to get back together with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan, and whoever else comes back â€“ thereâ€™s not many other characters that could come back I guess. Bilbo is back, but youâ€™ve got to have a much younger version of the character. Whereas Elves and Wizards it doesnâ€™t matter â€“ you might just have to age me back thoughâ€, he laughs.