Andy Serkis will, indeed, be donning the skin-tight, golf ball-adorned leotard for some good old fashioned mo-cap in The Hobbit. While that one was pretty much a given ( Gollum’s probably the second most important character in this story, after all) Deadline’s also saying that several more actors will be reprising their roles from Lord of the Rings. Probably the most interesting out of the lot of is Elijah Wood, who’ll be featured in (yeah, there is a pun here) bookend sequences wherein Frodo reads Bilbo’s memoir of these events, the book-within-a-book There and Back Again.
Presumably, these sequences will allow certain characters from the trilogy to show up, even if their appearances don’t work chronically. It's looking like material from the books’ appendices will also be included to beef up the Hobbit’s plot in these two, sure-to-be-three-hours-each features.
Since the success of these flicks is pretty much guaranteed and since I’m sure the talks will come up, if they haven’t already… do any of you Screened heads thinks there’s viability in adapting the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin? I’ll confess to not venturing that deep into Mr. Tolkien’s works but, from what I’ve heard, those books are written even more poetically (perhaps even inaccessibly so.)