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‘It’s Looking Like’ Orlando Bloom Will Return For The Hobbit

Four months after a report emerged that Orlando Bloom might appear The Hobbit, the actor says “it’s looking like” he’ll reprise his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel.

“Yeah, it’s looking like that,” Bloom tells Collider. I’m really excited about going to see Pete again. It’s still a little up in the air, but the idea of working with Pete is fantastic. I can’t actually really talk too much about it, at this point. I just was given the script to piece through, so it’s quite exciting.”

Asked whether he has to physically prepare to return to the role of the Elven archer, Bloom replied, “Are you telling me that I’ve put on weight, in the last 10 years? I just have to grow my hair really long and blond again.”

He’ll join a sprawling cast that includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Rob Kazinksy, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Cate Blachett, Elijah Wood, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Mizrahi and, as of earlier this week, Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie.

In other Hobbit news, Heat Vision reports that Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum, will serve as Jackson’s second-unit director on the two films, which began shooting in New Zealand on March 21.


  • AJ Ryan

    I might be missing something since I am not completely familiar with all the related works of Tolkien, but what role would Legolas have in the Hobbit?

    I understand having Aragorn and Gandalf enact the hunt for Gollum, but I don’t recall any reason why Legolas would be in the story.

    The whole 2 film idea seems like something they could very easily screw up.

  • Farson89

    I imagine Legolas will turn up during the part of the story set in Mirkwood, perhaps taking the place of Thranduil as the leader of the elves there and participating in the Battle of Five Armies at the end.

  • Adam Hasser

    I thought Legolas was the son of Thranduil who is King of the Mirkwood elves???

  • Farson89

    He is, but I can see them writing out Thranduil to make way for Legolas having a decent role in the story. They’ll either have him dead or maybe travelling elsewhere at the time the story takes place.