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Orlando Bloom Confirmed on HOBBIT

Orlando Bloom reaches deal for The Hobbit return.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 28, 2011
Source: Peter Jackson, Facebook


Legolas (Orlando Bloom) prepares for battle in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
© 2002 Pierre Vinet/New Line Productions

Director Peter Jackson has confirmed what he first revealed a few months back. Namely that Orlando Bloom would be coming back into middle earth to reprise his role of Legolas. As we reported late last year, Bloom's character would fit into the story as his father, King Thranduil, plays a part in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Here's what Jackson had to say about the latest casting confirmation via his official Facebook page:

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.

Production on The Hobbit and its sequel is already underway in New Zealand under the watchful eyes of Jackson. Bloom would star opposite an ensemble cast which includes Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Cate Blanchett, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt, Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Saoirse Ronan, Elijah Wood, Bret McKenzie, Ian Holm, Dean O'Gorman, Lee Pace, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Gage, Conan Stevens and Stephen Fry. Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro penned the screenplay.

Plot Concept: "The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Martin Freeman takes the title role as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in the role of Gandalf the Grey. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi also join the cast as Dwarf Kings Thror and Thrain, respectively.

The Hobbit will march into 3D/2D/IMAX theaters December 2012.


Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.

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LadyBrowncoat 5/28/2011 3:27:39 PM

 I cannot wait!

StarlightGuard 5/28/2011 6:26:36 PM

another piece of good news for this project after being plagued by so much bad news...

dawntreader 5/28/2011 7:04:25 PM

hold on... why is he playing legolas's father? arent elves immortal? shouldnt he be playing legolas? or was legolas really that young of an elf in LOTRs?

flyinroo 5/28/2011 8:36:32 PM

@dawntreader:  He isnt playing Legolas's father. It says he is reprising the role of Legolas. The article was commenting that Legolas's father, King Thranduil is in The Hobbit.

I am happy to see this happening. There is no doubt that these movies will be awesome.

ddamaged 5/29/2011 12:03:51 AM

I wonder how Jackson is going to work Legolas and Galadriel in to the script, since neither one was in the hobbit.

GothicStorm 5/29/2011 11:13:48 AM

@ddamaged- That's what I want to know. Why does Hollywood always seem to do stupid and silly things just to bring audiences back? Lovers of the books might agree that this is a pathetic move by Jackson. I for one thought much better of him!  I bet Disney even brings back Bloom and Knightley for the next Pirate's movie.

And yes, I know that $$$ is the key to keeping these movies coming out, but whatever happened to respecting the source material? Here's hoping that Legolas has a very very VERY small role!

Wiseguy 5/29/2011 1:10:50 PM

Well they are supposedly incorporating lots of Tolkien notes and material that weren't part of the books. And by all accounts the film starts with Frodo telling the tale so we can easily see Legolas in the "present" while Frodo tells the story.

krathwardroid 5/29/2011 1:47:36 PM

I like this. News for The Hobbit keeps getting better all the time.

trollman 5/29/2011 5:06:10 PM

There are several references to Aragorn tracking Gollum and capturing him then taking him to Mirkwood so it's no great stretch that Aragorn crossed paths with Legolas at that time. They did know each other prior to LOTR, it wont be a major revision to add Legolas in. My wife will be happy to see Orlando anyway, she missed having him in this new PotC.

ddiaz28 5/30/2011 7:45:07 AM

Wiseguy is correct.  Before making the Hobbit two films, they had talked about doing Hobbit in one and using many of Tolkien's notes and other stories to make another film that bridged Hobbit and LOTR.  Now it seems they will just be incorporating some of that into the Hobbit.  Sure it won't purely be the books, but any Tolkien fan should be happy about this.  I for one hope we see a lot more of Gandalf when he goes to help the White Council assault Dol Guldur and drive out the Necromancer (Sauron).  That would be sweet.  It's only hinted at briefly in the books.

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