Orlando Bloom is Heading Back to the Shire for "The Hobbit"

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Legolas is back! It has officially been announced that Orlando Bloom will return as everyone's favorite elf in Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit movies, even though his character Legolas does not appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's original... 000_010_491_orlandohobbit

Legolas is back!

It has officially been announced that Orlando Bloom will return as everyone's favorite elf in Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit movies, even though his character Legolas does not appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's original novel.

Peter Jackson posted on his facebook yesterday, "Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas," he wrote. "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. I look older - and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."

Jackson is currently directing the two-movie adaptation in New Zealand.

Actors Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis are reprising their roles from Rings in the prequel, which centers on Bilbo (Martin Freeman) finding the supernatural ring and passing it on to his nephew, Frodo (Wood).

The first of the two movies is planned for a December 2012 release and the second is expected a year later.

(Photo: Wireimage)

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