Orlando Bloom to Return for The Hobbit?
12.10.10 by Ryan
A few days ago, it was announced that actress Cate Blanchett would reprise her role of Galadriel from the Lord of the Rings movies for the two-part adaptation of Hobbit. She may soon be joined by another Lord of the Rings actor. Deadline reports that Orlando Bloom is "near a deal" to reprise his role as elven archer Legolas in the upcoming movie and that it'll be "more than a cameo."
Hobbit fans will note that Legolas does not appear in the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, but then again, neither did Blanchett's Galadriel. TheOneRing speculates that since Legolas' father figures into The Hobbit, the character could be "easily" written into the script, perhaps even leading the elves in the Battle of Five Armies.
Bloom is likely interested in reprising the role. In January, he publicly admitted that he had written an email to director Peter Jackson stating that he'd "be honored" to "don the blond wig and pointy ears again."
Official word on Bloom's return could take some time. Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellen, and Hugo Weaving are all expected to return as Gollum, Gandalf, and Elrond, respectively, but have yet to be confirmed by the studio. The report claims that talks with the actors have "been arduous and aren't completed yet," so it will likely be awhile before Bloom is officially announced.