Elijah Wood hints at big "Hobbit" show for Comic-Con

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:42pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comic-Con International rolls into San Diego this week for its annual pop culture convention, and high on the list of must-see events is film footage of what actor Elijah Wood promises is a bigger "Hobbit" than fans can imagine.

Comic-Con, which kicks off on Thursday and is expected to attract more than 125,000 people, is the biggest event of the year for many fans of comic book superheroes and science-fiction lovers. And TV networks and Hollywood's major studios stage elaborate promotions to showcase upcoming films and programs.

Actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will put on their vampire fangs and werewolf claws for the last time to discuss "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." Hollywood veterans Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on hand to promote "The Expendables 2."

Perhaps the greatest sense of anticipation this year is reserved for "The Hobbit," a Warner Bros. film based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien that follows the trilogy of blockbuster films based on his "Lord of the Rings" book series.

Wood, who catapulted to fame with his role as Frodo Baggins in the "Rings" trilogy and has reprised his character for "The Hobbit," will be back at Comic-Con this year, a decade after he accompanied director Peter Jackson to promote the first film.

"The scale of "The Hobbit" is larger, the anticipation is potentially greater, everything feels a little bit bigger," Wood told Reuters about the movie, which hits theaters in December. "For so long, people didn't think there would be a 'Hobbit' film, so the fact that there is finally, people have been anticipating this for a long time."

So far, details about "The Hobbit" have been kept under wraps with only one trailer released last December, but the studio will finally show extended film clips and Jackson himself is expected to turn out to meet fans and answer questions.

Other films holding panels will include "Total Recall," "Resident Evil: Retribution," "Looper," "Elysium," "Django Unchained" and "Iron Man 3."   Continued...

Elijah Wood, star of 'Wilfred' arrives at the FX Network series premiere of 'Wilfred' and season two launch of 'Louie' in Hollywood, California June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser