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Peter Jackson Officially Confirms Orlando Bloom For The Hobbit

BREAKING NEWS! Er… wait… no. We all knew this was coming. But it’s official now anyway. We’ve heard here and there that Orlando Bloom would be reprising his Lord of the Rings role of Legolas the elf for Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, but there’s never been any confirmation.

Now there is.

Jackson took to Facebook earlier today with a status update making the news official. As he wrote: “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.”

Legolas isn’t actually in the original book, but we already know that Jackson is taking a few liberties with the story, not just to better link The Hobbit with the Rings trilogy but also to tell more of the story that J.R.R. Tolkien alludes to in his original work. Can’t wait to see it all come together.


  • Red Robin

    …Do we really need Legolas in this film?  I mean, I like the character, and Orlando Bloom did a good job with him, but does putting him in add anything to the plot?  Please don’t do what X-Men movies do and over stuff the story with characters.

  • Seamuskeane

    sooo, what I get from this is that now Peter Jackson thinks he can do better than Tolkien and decides he can just rewrite the story to make some more money by expanding it into two movies.

  • Coryjameson

    Well  it looks like it’s actually going to be  The Silmarillion/The Hobbit Volumes 1 and 2 instead of just “The Hobbit” which is a very good decision considering how juvenile The Hobbit really is.

  • Dawnell_do

    Well what else was Orlando doing to do?

  • Mel

    It would be cool if The Silmarillion was adapted for film. Though it work better as a series like on cable like Game of Thrones.

  • NeoRonin7

    Orlando has been in six of the  highest grossing films of all time.  Most of his other films sucked but I don’t think he needs the work.  He could could live without this film….I think he is doing Jackson a favor.

  • B. Zurkle

    I don’t really see how this is suggestive of The Silmarillion story being incorporated into The Hobbit.

  • mars

    Ah Legolas. What Buffy was to teen boys at the time Legolas was for us girls