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Peter Jackson Confirms Orlando Bloom’s Return As Legolas In ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson Confirms Orlando Bloom's Return As Legolas In 'The Hobbit'

While this was largely expected to happen, the last time we heard from Orlando Bloom about his possible (inevitable) reprisal of Legolas in “The Hobbit,” the actor played it safe. During the press rounds for “Sympathy For Delicious” Bloom told us, “My fingers and toes are crossed, but, yes, I’ll be there. We’re just waiting for everything to get straightened out.” Well, the ink has dried and the schedules have been made as Peter Jackson confirmed Bloom’s return in aFacebook post today:

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.

Of course, how Legolas will be utilized remains to be seen. Legolas doesn’t actually appear in the book (though his father and kingdom do), however, as Wikipedia helpfully points out “since he is over 139 years old, being older than Gimli, he must have been alive during the events of ‘The Hobbit,’ which take place less than a century before the Quest of Mount Doom.” So will it be an extended cameo or will he have a larger part? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

“The Hobbit” is currently in the midst of its fourteen month shoot and the first part of the two-film series will hit theaters in December 2012.

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Edward Davis

What happened? Orlando can’t really act is what happened. I mean he’s fine in an LOTR movie or Pirates of the Caribbean, when he peaked in early 2004, things like “Elizabethtown” and “Kingdom Of Heaven” proved he wasn’t much of a lead (and earned him the nickname Borelando).


What happened to this guy? He has like the most power agent in the world, who every other actor would die to get, and came out of some huge hits, then he just disappears. I know he is short, but Tom Cruise is a midget and he became and remained an A-lister for over 20 years. Maybe Orlando’s face is a tad too delicate for leading man status? His career just seems to have fallen into the abyss.


who remember he was in the trilogy?

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