Hugo Weaving has played a lot of really cool characters in his day -- Mr. Smith in the "Matrix" trilogy, V in "V for Vendetta," the Red Skull in this summer's "Captain America" -- but there's no doubt that the coolest of them all has to be Elrond, the half-elf Lord of Rivendell in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
And you know what they say: once you go elf, you never go back.
Yes, according to Total Film, it's official: Weaving will be reprising his role as Elrond in Jackson's upcoming adaptation of "The Hobbit." Any excuse to put on those ears again, right?
Elrond, of course, had a minor but important role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy; beyond offering words of encouragement to the fellowship, he was also the father of Liv Tyler's emo hottie Arwen and in the final book, he delivers a big magic sword to Viggo Mortsensen's would be king, Aragorn before deciding to literally sail off into the sunset. So the guy gets around.
And now he's back, as confirmed by no less a source than Gandlaf himself, as Sir Ian McKellen posted on his blog that they were about to start shooting some stuff involving "elves, with Hugo Weaving returning as Elrond."
Just what Elrond will be doing in the movie, of course, remains a bit of a mystery, as his character doesn't actually appear in the books. However, it seems likely that he'll be meeting with fellow elf lord Galadriel, as it was announced last year that Cate Blanchett would also be reprising her role from "The Lord of the Rings" in another out-of-canon addition to the story. Maybe they'll just sit in the front row and offer really snooty, high brow snark like an elven "Mystery Science Theater."
Either way, it's shaping up to be a suitably epic production. Which almost goes without saying.
After all, if Hugo Weaving is in it, it couldn't be anything else.