Lord Of The Rings fans, your long wait is over. One of the most beloved and important cast members from the original films, Orlando Bloom, has now officially joined the cast of Peter Jackson's prequel movie, The Hobbit. Whispers had been swirling around for a while, some from the actor himself, that he'd probably reprise his rose of the fearless elf from Jackson's blockbuster, Oscar-winning movie trilogy. Now it's official. Bloom will once again don elven ears to fight the good fight in J.R. Tolkien's classic middle earth based book.
The Daily Mail reports that director Peter Jackson announced the news on his 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 olderÂ—and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."
It will be a reunion for many of the original crew of actors, since Bloom will be acting along some other familiar faces reprising their Lord Of The Rings character roles, including Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Andy Skerkis (Gollum), and Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins.
Last April, while talking to MTV, Orlando Bloom summed up his excitementÂ—if and when he got the partÂ—thusly, "But I would love to go back to work with Peter Jackson. It would be an honour. I'll do anything for him."
The Hobbit is a prequel story to the original movies. It will take two 3D movies to fully encompass the thrilling tale of how a little hobbit first took possession of the dreaded ring of power. Fans will be lining up to thrill to the adventures of wizards, warriors, and hobbits when the movies are released in 2012 and 2013.