One of the characters from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy may make an appearance in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film, The Hobbit. MTV recently caught up with LOTR alumni, Dominic Monaghan and he spoke about a possible return for his character Merry in the del Toro prequel. Not only did Monaghan have casting news to spill about himself, but a familiar wizard and bipolar creature may also make an appearance in the next film.
Find out who returns after the jump.
When speaking about a possible return to his Middle Earth roots, Monaghan seemed ecstatic, and according to him the feeling is mutual. He told MTV, “They really want us to come back, and I think there’s a really strong chance that we might be back,” The “we” Monaghan is referring to includes himself, Andy Serkis (Gollum), and Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf).
As you may know, the film is based off of the first Hobbit book, so some changes will have to be made to include their characters. The writers will be adding elements to the story that weren’t originally there.
“We’re not in ‘The Hobbit,’ no, but I think the idea in [Jackson's, Del Toro's and the other producers'] heads is that the trilogy of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films was so beloved by the fans that they’re really keen to try to say thank you for the support that they gave to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and possibly bring back some of those characters that they know and love,” he explained of new story lines.
“I don’t really see myself retiring [Merry]. I don’t have any kind of retirement ideas,”
As for the other Hobbits, no confirmation has been made for the return of Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, or Billy Boyd, but time will tell. The Hobbit will be released in 2012, and will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, and co-written by Peter Jackson.