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Orlando Bloom Confirmed for 'The Hobbit'

It took some time, but he's officially aboard

Peter Jackson just took to Facebook to confirm there is still a place in Middle Earth for Orlando Bloom's Legolas in The Hobbit. Here's what the director had to say:

Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I'm excited to announce today that we'll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I'm thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older--and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf.

So while Bloom couldn't find his way into Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, PJ didn't forget about him for The Hobbit.

Bloom joins fellow returning Lord of the Rings cast members Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm and Hugo Weaving for the film, which will be featured in two parts and is currently filming in New Zealand. The first film is expected in December 2012.

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  • Leandro Dubost

    I could do The Hobbit without Bloom.
    Sorry Jackson, but there's nothing 'iconic' in his 'portrayal' of Legolas. Bloom worked as an emotionless elf because he IS an emotionless actor.

    I used to like Legolas in the trilogy, but not anymore. He is clearly the weak link there and his 'badass' action scenes are now very, very lame. Come on, that scene with the 'skating shield' in Two Towers? The movie would actually be better without that!

  • adu

    Well, emotionless is exactly what was needed, glad he is back!

  • Badge

    Why don't we just get Gimli and Aragorn now and they can all have a group hug. Gimmie a break. I thought "The Hobbit" was actually, you know, going to be a film of the book.