There’s a couple of elves that are making their way back into Middle Earth, even for a short while, in the Peter Jackson two-part prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy called “The Hobbit.” Today on Facebook directed Peter Jackson announced the return of another familiar blonde-haired elf. Orlando Bloom will be reprising his role as the great elf archer Legolas in the “Hobbit” films. This is what the director said:
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.
The two “Hobbit” films are based off the popular novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Martin Freeman stars as the young Biblo Baggins with a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace and Elijah Wood.
The first film, now titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” focuses on the young Biblo (Freeman) who journeys to Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. You can expect “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” to arrive in theaters everywhere this December 19, 2012, presented in 3D.