Widely regarded as one of the most gifted actors of his generation, Elijah Wood continues to challenge himself with roles spanning the spectrum of style and genre.
Elijah will next be seen in Franck Khalfoun's re-make of the thriller Maniac. Elijah stars as ‘Frank Zito,’ a serial killer who works in an antique shop that sells mannequins and preys on women after years of abuse from his mad mother. The film had its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in late June 2013 by IFC.
In additional to starring in FX’s Wilfred, Elijah was last seen in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit where he reprised his role as ‘Frodo Baggins.’
Announced in early October 2012, Elijah, alongside Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller recently formed their own production company, an independent horror film company with several current projects in development including Curse the Darkness, Henley, Harrow and It Was Cruel.
Elijah will next star in The Late Bloomer, a comedy about a man who discovers right before he is about to turn 30, owing to a medical condition, he never properly went through puberty. The indie production is based on E! News Chief Correspondent, Ken Baker’s real-life memoir Man Mad: A Memoir of My Body. Randall Einhorn (Wilfred director) will direct from a script by Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove. The project is currently in pre-production.
He is also set to produce and star in horror movie Cooties, which follows a virus that strikes a school and turns them into savages, with an unlikely hero helping the teachers fight back. Saw writer and executive producer Leigh Whannell has written the script for the film with Ace Norton directing.
In November of 2012, Wood worked on the set of the thriller Open Windows opposite Sasha Grey and Neil Maskell. The film is directed by Nacho Viagalondo. In the movie, Elijah plays a man who is obsessed with an actress (Grey). When she gets abducted, he goes on a mission to find her. Everything in the movie will be seen through a laptop. "So much of what my character is experiencing is happening on a computer screen," said Elijah, adding that it took him awhile to get used to running around with a computer rig. A release date has not been set.
In the summer of 2012 he also wrapped production of Grand Piano, an indie thriller written by Damien Chazelle and directed by Eugenio Mira. The story concerns a once-great concert pianist (Wood) who suffers from stage fright and comes back to perform after a five-year hiatus. Just when he's about to play the first bar, he notices somebody has written a threatening note on his music sheet. He's now forced to play his best concert ever to save his life as well as his wife's. The movie was shot at Ciudad de la Luz Studios in Alicante, Spain, and in Chicago.
Additionally in the summer of 2012, Elijah worked on Pawn Shop Chronicles, an action/comedy film written by Adam Miarovich and directed by Wayne Kramer. The story begins with a missing wedding ring which leads to a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator. The movie shot in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and is set for a 2013 release date.
Elijah has also voiced the character of ‘Beck’ in Tron: Uprising, the animated science fiction series part of the Tron Series which airs on Disney XD. The series is directed by Charlie Bean.
Elijah made an indelible mark in the trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in the lead role of the hobbit, 'Frodo Baggins.' Directed by Peter Jackson, the films The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King were all critically lauded as well as being box office record setters. In addition, Return of the King won the Academy Award® for Best Picture as well as 11 Academy Awards in all, tying Titanic for the record.
Additional credits include Celeste and Jesse Forever, Treasure Island, Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, The Romantics, 9, Oxford Murders, Paris je t'aime, Day Zero, Bobby, Everything is Illuminated, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Green Street Hooligans, Sin City, Ice Storm, Ash Wednesday and Black and White.
Elijah is an active member and supporter of The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.
He currently resides in LA.