Orlando Bloom to star in The Hobbit

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.