Peter Jackson has once again taken to his official Facebook fan page to announce the latest and one of the most anticipated cast additions to The Hobbit: Orlando Bloom as Legolas! Orlando Bloom’s Legolas was a fan favorite in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies. Fans seem to be clamoring over the latest news — the announcement has garnered over 13,000 “likes” on Facebook and is a trending topic on Twitter.
Here’s what Peter Jackson had to say about Bloom’s return:
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.
Many of you may be wondering why the character of Legolas is making an appearance in the movie as he was not in the Hobbit novel. It is evident that Jackson and the Hobbit crew were eager to find a place for Legolas in the plot — as they’ve done with several Rings characters that they had wanted to feature in the Hobbit movie — and will likely be crafting new scenes featuring the elf.
Canon-wise, Legolas was in fact alive during the Hobbit. His father, King Thranduil, is a character in both the books and the film. Legolas is said to be over 139 years old during the events in Lord of the Rings, which took place around a century after The Hobbit, meaning the elf would have been alive during Bilbo’s first quest.
Legolas’s plot in the film has yet to be announced.