LOTR Star Investigates 'Murders'

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Elijah Wood, who starred in the "Lord of the Rings" films based on the works of Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien, will be heading to Oxford himself.

The 25-year-old actor has signed on to star in Alex de la Iglesia's "Oxford Murders," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The whodunit centers on a young student (Wood) who heads to Oxford for higher learning, but gets distracted by an intriguing murder where he lives. In his investigation, he learns from a "Sherlock Holmes-style mentor" who utilizes math and logic symbols to put an end to a series of murders.

"I'm delighted to work with Elijah, who undoubtedly has the most powerful eyes in the industry and who is perfect for the part," says the Spanish director.

The English-language film, which has also cast John Hurt, will begin production in England on Jan. 22.

Wood currently stars in Emilio Estevez's ensemble film "Bobby." His other film credits include "Radio Flyer," "Avalon," "The Good Son," "The Ice Storm," "Deep Impact," "The Faculty," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Sin City" and "Everything Is Illuminated."

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