Elijah Wood is taking some time off his life as a manic depressive man on FX’s Wilfred, to star in The Late Bloomer, about a guy who goes through puberty way later than most people do.

Written by Joe Nussbaum, Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove, The Late Bloomer is exactly what it sounds like. It’s based on Ken Baker‘s book Man Made: A Memoir of My Body about a 30 year-old man who has a strange blood disease that didn’t allow him to go through puberty as a teenager. Once he has a medical procedure done to him, he goes through that “awkward stage” in just a few short weeks.

First time feature director Randall Einhorn will be leading this ship. He’s worked on shows like The Office, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation and Wilfred (with Woods).

Woods has always been a young-looking actor (he just doesn’t seem to age). That’s why he made such a damn great Frodo Baggins, because he fit that child-like character. If anyone is going to play a person who’s going through puberty at 30 years-old (and make us believe it), it’s him. Plus, he’s got the acting down too, don’t you think?

The Late Bloomer is being described as a heartfelt comedy. Einhorn has worked on a bunch of funny TV shows, so we’re going to trust him, for now, and say that he’ll be able to deliver on that note.

Besides Wilfred, Woods can next be seen in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December, the remake of Maniac, in which he plays a psycho killer, and the indie thriller Grand Piano with John Cusack.

Production for The Late Bloomer begins this coming January.

What do you think? Can Frodo pull this one off?

Source: First Showing