Elijah Wood reacts to Lord of the Rings series moving to UK from New Zealand
Much to everyone’s surprise, Amazon announced that the filming of the second season of the Lord of the Rings series will take place in the UK instead of New Zealand. And that shocked many fans, for the worse. The Lord of the Rings franchise shares a special relationship with the small island nation, but now that’s a thing of the past. And now, Elijah Wood, the lead star of the original Peter Jackson trilogy, has reacted to the news.
Sir Peter Jackson shot his entire original Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as The Hobbit trilogy in New Zealand. The houses we saw in the Shire are real actual houses in that wonderful mythical country. It’s like, the two have an intricate relationship with each other. However, Amazon decided to sever all ties as they have decided to shift filming for the second season to the UK. The reason behind this move was that it would bring the series close to their other productions. This is not just heart-breaking for fans to hear but is a massive loss for the New Zealand filming industry. And now Elijah Wood has also expressed his thoughts on the matter.
Elijah Wood disapproves of Amazon’s decision to move the Lord of the Rings series
Elijah Wood played the iconic lead role of Frodo Baggins, the little Hobbit from the Shire who with the help of his trusted companion, Samwise Gamgee (played by Sean Austin) managed to destroy the One Ring to rule them all which belonged to Sauron. Needless to say, he has a deep and personal connection with the franchise. And he was not overly enthusiastic after hearing the news. In fact, he reacted to it with a simple slap on his forehead in a tweet:
Despite the disapproval, there is a lot of hype surrounding the series. Amazon has even announced a release date, announcing that they will release the yet un-named series on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, 2022. Moreover, the series will be focusing on “previously unexplored stories” from Middle Earth, which means we have a lot to be excited about.
The story is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of the original trilogy take place. This, however, means that it is unlikely that we’ll be seeing Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins. In fact, we may not even see Bilbo Baggins in this trilogy. But, we might see Gandalf, Lady Galadriel, Elrond, along with some new faces. But, let’s hope that the changes Amazon is making don’t affect the quality of what we expect from a Lord of the Rings series.