Orlando Bloom to star in The Hobbit

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

May 27th, 2011

Orlando Bloom will star in 'The Hobbit'.

The British actor will reprise his role as elf Legolas for director Peter Jackson's two-part prequel to the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, which will be shot in New Zealand.

Writing on his Facebook page, Peter said of Orlando's involvement: "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."

However, Legolas does not appear anywhere in author J.R.R. Tolkein's classic 1937 novel, so it remains to be seen what Orlando's involvement will be.

Orlando is not the only 'Lord of the Rings' star to reprise his role in 'The Hobbit'.

Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) will all make appearances, while Martin Freeman - star of the UK version of 'The Office' - will take on the role of Bilbo Baggins in the highly-anticipated project.