Orlando Bloom returns to Middle Earth for The Hobbit

The Age reports Orlando is back!

Orlando Bloom will reprise his role as elf Legolas in the new Hobbit film.Director Peter Jackson announced the casting decision via Facebook late last week. He also revealed that Stephen Fry would be joining the cast as The Master of Laketown, a character he described as a "conniving civil servant".
"I'm thrilled to be working with Orlando again," Jackson wrote.

British actor Bloom, who is married to Australian model Miranda Kerr, shot to stardom on the back of his performance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy."Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."His return to Middle Earth has excited fans with almost 14,000 people opting to 'like' the announcement on Facebook."Eeek that's so great! And it doesn't matter that he wasn't in the book, the fact that his father is in it you can assume Legolas would be right with him," wrote one fan.He is not the only cast member from the highly successful films to be reprising their roles. Cate Blanchett will return as Galadriel, Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Hugo Weaving as Elrond.The lead role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman.Jackson has been using his Facebook wall to update fans on the progress of the highly anticipated film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel. It is set 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, and follows Baggins and a group of 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.The project has been in the works for more than a decade, delayed by legal issues and a union dispute. Filming commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, in March.  The Hobbit will be shot in digital 3D and told in two films. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will be released on December 14, 2012. The second film is expected to be released in December the following year.Another of Jackson's films, an adaptation of the Tintin books, is almost completed. For the past five years he has been working on the project with Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.

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