Orlando Bloom to Appear in ‘The Hobbit’ Jackson Says

Orlando Bloom as Legolas in Lord of the Rings
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Orlando Bloom as Legolas in Lord of the Rings

Disappointed that Orlando Bloom wasn’t in the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean?

Well, you will be seeing him soon enough.

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that Bloom will appear in The Hobbit—the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas,” Jackson said on Facebook.  “I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more.”

“Legolas” was a popular character in the trilogy, but it’s an interesting move by Jackson because Bloom’s character was not in The Hobbit book.

Jackson received thousands of comments in response to his post, with the majority of followers saying they were excited about the move.

One person, however, wanted to know: “Any other characters that weren’t in the book doing a turn?”

Jackson went on to say, “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.”

Jackson is currently working on Part 1 of the two part movie.

The Hobbit centers around the journey of a young Bilbo Baggins—who was an elderly Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  During his journey, Bilbo discovers the infamous ring, which he will later hand off to his nephew, Frodo.

It is still unclear when the film will be released.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackon’s latest project has suffered numerous setbacks over the years.

According to the report, shooting had begun on March 21 in Wellington, New Zealand. And Jackson provides proof of the filming with a picture of a directors slate, with the date April 11, 2011.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy appeared in theatres from 2001 to 2003.

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