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Elijah Wood to the Small Screen, for FX’s ‘Wilfred’

”Lord of the Rings“ star will appear in first series, a comedy based on an odd Australian hit about a dog that may be a man

Elijah Wood is giving television a try.

The "Lord of the Rings" star has signed to star opposite Jason Gann in the FX comedy pilot "Wilfred." It marks Wood's first small screen foray.

"Wilfred" is based on a bizarre Australian series of the same title about a jealous boyfriend who keeps imagining that his girlfriend's dog is just a man in a mutt's costume.

In a release announcing the project, executive producer David Zuckerman describes "Wilfred" as comedy “about a guy, 'Ryan' (Wood), the girl next door, and mixed-breed dog, 'Wilfred' (Gann), who is part Labrador retriever and part Russell Crowe on a bender.”

Gann, who co-created and starred in the Australian series, will play Wilfred.

Since hanging up his Hobbit feet, Wood has mostly done independent films such as "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Sin City." He will next be seen this fall in Galt Niederhoffer's "The Romantics" opposite Katie Holmes and Anna Paquin; in 2012, he reprises his role in George Miller's sequel "Happy Feet 2."

Zuckerman ("Family Guy," "American Dad," "King of the Hill") wrote the adapted pilot script in addition to handling producing duties.

The pilot will be directed by Randall Einhorn ("It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Office," "Parks & Recreation").

Production is scheduled to begin this summer.

Aaron Barlow writes about film, new media (especially blogging) and whatever else happens to pique his interest. Past owner/operator of a cafe, a store, and a gallery (among other activities), he began teaching at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) four years ago. His newest book is “Quentin Tarantino: Life at the Extremes.” Visit him online at www.aaronbarlow.com.