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Now Orlando Bloom is heading back to Middle Earth for The Hobbit

12.09.2010

Peter Jackson definitely seems to be making every effort to ensure continuity of Middle Earth between his LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two upcoming movies based on THE HOBBIT.

He already reeled in Cate Blanchett to return as elven royalty Galadriel, and now he's got Orlando Bloom stringing his bow to come back as lovely-locked archer Legolas. Deadline says Legolas' part in the movie(s) is "more than a cameo," so someone or something will probably be getting punctured with many arrows.

Meanwhile, what about the characters you'd expect to see -- Gollum, Gandalf and Elrond? Deadline says the negotiations with actors Andy Serkis, Ian McKellan and Hugo Weaving "have been arduous and aren't completed yet", but we can be reasonably certain they'll be back in those famous roles. 

Jackson will begin shooting the movies early next year using over 30 of RED's 3D EPIC digital camera rigs.

Extra Tidbit: I haven't read "The Hobbit" since third grade -- any Tolkien fanatics out there have any idea how Legolas might fit in to these stories? And any purists upset about Jackson's deviations?
Source: Deadline

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9:25AM on 12/10/2010

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I think this is a good casting. Having Orlando Bloom in the new movie is another piece of the puzzle..there def needs to be a mix of new actors and orginal actors from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I think this is a good casting. Having Orlando Bloom in the new movie is another piece of the puzzle..there def needs to be a mix of new actors and orginal actors from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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4:47PM on 12/09/2010

EPIC

scene where the hobbits are down and are surrounded by ten orcs and then legolas comes out of nowhere and kicks everyone's ass.....ahhh i hear the theater screaming and cheering out of their seats already..
scene where the hobbits are down and are surrounded by ten orcs and then legolas comes out of nowhere and kicks everyone's ass.....ahhh i hear the theater screaming and cheering out of their seats already..
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3:26PM on 12/09/2010

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3:24PM on 12/09/2010

What the hell is Jackson turning this into?!?!

Legolas and Galadriel weren't in the book. Stick to the F-ing book, Jackson!
Legolas and Galadriel weren't in the book. Stick to the F-ing book, Jackson!
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3:15PM on 12/09/2010
I suspect events that happened at a similar time will be in like dealing with the Necromancer in Southern Mirkwood.
I suspect events that happened at a similar time will be in like dealing with the Necromancer in Southern Mirkwood.
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1:54PM on 12/09/2010

Legolas is the Wood Elf king's son

so he'll have some kind of role in the film, likely hunting Gollum and joining in the Battle of Five Armies. So there's nothing wrong with having him in either of the two Hobbit movies. And yes, I'm a Tolkien geek.
so he'll have some kind of role in the film, likely hunting Gollum and joining in the Battle of Five Armies. So there's nothing wrong with having him in either of the two Hobbit movies. And yes, I'm a Tolkien geek.
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1:44PM on 12/09/2010

Sounds Good to Me

The character is not "specifically" in the book, but the timeline dictates that his character was was alive and doing something... so... It would be mostly creative license based on allusions, but I'm okay with it. Like the fact that Gimli's father is in Bilbo's company... and based on the supposed ages of Dwarves he'd be alive too. OMG I just nerded myself out.
The character is not "specifically" in the book, but the timeline dictates that his character was was alive and doing something... so... It would be mostly creative license based on allusions, but I'm okay with it. Like the fact that Gimli's father is in Bilbo's company... and based on the supposed ages of Dwarves he'd be alive too. OMG I just nerded myself out.
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2:37PM on 12/09/2010
Gave you a thumbs up just for the nerdiness!
Gave you a thumbs up just for the nerdiness!
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12:27PM on 12/09/2010
Since they are making two movies of one book they probably have the luxury of including. Instead as with the 3 previous movies being based on 3 books, and excluded a lot of material.

Even though he is not in the book, this sounds fine to me, I'm all for some continuity.
Since they are making two movies of one book they probably have the luxury of including. Instead as with the 3 previous movies being based on 3 books, and excluded a lot of material.

Even though he is not in the book, this sounds fine to me, I'm all for some continuity.
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11:37AM on 12/09/2010
Eehh. I suppose he could have a small appearance w/ the wood elves. He definitely would fit into the 2nd movie, where I'm pretty sure they'll have to feature Gollum escaping from Mirkwood. He was listed by name as being involved in that.
Eehh. I suppose he could have a small appearance w/ the wood elves. He definitely would fit into the 2nd movie, where I'm pretty sure they'll have to feature Gollum escaping from Mirkwood. He was listed by name as being involved in that.
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2:35PM on 12/09/2010
Unfortunately the Gollum timeline has already been screwed up.

There were 17 years between Bilbo's party at the beginning of LOTR and Frodo setting out from Hobbiton. It was during those 17 years (in fact about 1 year before Frodo left the Shire) that Aragorn and Gandalf hunted for Gollum and put him in the Wood Elves' prison.

But in the movie, they made it seem like almost no time had passed between the party and Frodo leaving.
Unfortunately the Gollum timeline has already been screwed up.

There were 17 years between Bilbo's party at the beginning of LOTR and Frodo setting out from Hobbiton. It was during those 17 years (in fact about 1 year before Frodo left the Shire) that Aragorn and Gandalf hunted for Gollum and put him in the Wood Elves' prison.

But in the movie, they made it seem like almost no time had passed between the party and Frodo leaving.
9:09AM on 12/09/2010

I mean he IS a wood elf.

And a Prince at the same time. SO it's not completely unreasonable to stick his Miranda Kerr knocking up ass in there.
And a Prince at the same time. SO it's not completely unreasonable to stick his Miranda Kerr knocking up ass in there.
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8:19AM on 12/09/2010
Could do without ever seeing Orlando Bloom in another film as he's a horrible actor, but I'm still looking forward to these new films.
Could do without ever seeing Orlando Bloom in another film as he's a horrible actor, but I'm still looking forward to these new films.
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4:57AM on 12/10/2010
He is bad in Pirates I will give you that but I feel Pirates is terrible in and of itself. So it's not really a crticism I can fully level at him. He is FANTASTIC as Legolas and if you can't see that it's truly a shame!
He is bad in Pirates I will give you that but I feel Pirates is terrible in and of itself. So it's not really a crticism I can fully level at him. He is FANTASTIC as Legolas and if you can't see that it's truly a shame!
8:12AM on 12/10/2010
I found him deeply unconvincing in POTC and the LOTR trilogy. Gollum was more convincing than Bloom was.
I found him deeply unconvincing in POTC and the LOTR trilogy. Gollum was more convincing than Bloom was.
4:06AM on 12/09/2010
YAY, I so hope the rumor that David Tennet is going to play Legolas' father is true. Can't wait to see what badass thing Legolas does in both movies.
YAY, I so hope the rumor that David Tennet is going to play Legolas' father is true. Can't wait to see what badass thing Legolas does in both movies.
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2:36AM on 12/09/2010
It's been a couple years since I read The Hobbit. Was Legolas in it? I trust Jackson to give us a great couple of films!
It's been a couple years since I read The Hobbit. Was Legolas in it? I trust Jackson to give us a great couple of films!
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7:27AM on 12/09/2010
Not in it, but LOTR made it clear he lived at the Wood Elves realm with his father, so in hindsight he should be there. Bilbo just never mentioned him. Doesn't mean he wasn't there.
Not in it, but LOTR made it clear he lived at the Wood Elves realm with his father, so in hindsight he should be there. Bilbo just never mentioned him. Doesn't mean he wasn't there.
2:09AM on 12/09/2010
Legolas was my favorite character of the movies, so I'm all for this.
Legolas was my favorite character of the movies, so I'm all for this.
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1:23AM on 12/09/2010

Thranduil

Best thing would be to cast Orlando, with his normal hair, as Thranduil. Then have a small cameo with him as Legolas show up in the same scene. Father and son.
Best thing would be to cast Orlando, with his normal hair, as Thranduil. Then have a small cameo with him as Legolas show up in the same scene. Father and son.
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1:20AM on 12/09/2010
Im assuming Legolas is gonna take part in the War of Five Armies or something like that
Im assuming Legolas is gonna take part in the War of Five Armies or something like that
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1:16AM on 12/09/2010

Fits the continuity

The party of Dwarves enter the realm of the wood elves and are imprisoned by Legolas' father, Thranduil. It would make perfect sense that Legolas would be around.
The party of Dwarves enter the realm of the wood elves and are imprisoned by Legolas' father, Thranduil. It would make perfect sense that Legolas would be around.
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1:14AM on 12/09/2010
Cool, I like good continuity in my sequels.
Cool, I like good continuity in my sequels.
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1:05AM on 12/09/2010

Makes no sense!

Legolas should not be in this movie. He has no place in this. It is stunt casting and this movie will suck. The masses will love it, but Tolkien fans are gonna be pissed. I am one of them. Loved the trilogy, but this is a cheap cash grab, just like the recent Blu Rays.
Legolas should not be in this movie. He has no place in this. It is stunt casting and this movie will suck. The masses will love it, but Tolkien fans are gonna be pissed. I am one of them. Loved the trilogy, but this is a cheap cash grab, just like the recent Blu Rays.
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7:25AM on 12/09/2010
I'm a Tolkien fanatic and I'm not pissed.

Legolas would've looked exactly the same in The Hobbit and LOTR, due to his immortality.

Just because it's his DAD's house doesn't mean he wasn't there. Bilbo didn't put him in The Red Book because he probably didn't know much about him and his attention was on the king.
I'm a Tolkien fanatic and I'm not pissed.

Legolas would've looked exactly the same in The Hobbit and LOTR, due to his immortality.

Just because it's his DAD's house doesn't mean he wasn't there. Bilbo didn't put him in The Red Book because he probably didn't know much about him and his attention was on the king.
1:55PM on 12/09/2010
You need to do your research before posting.
You need to do your research before posting.
1:03AM on 12/09/2010
He was one of the best parts about the trilogy. It'll be nice to see some familiar faces in "The Hobbit".

Anyone know if Viggo is going to be in this?
He was one of the best parts about the trilogy. It'll be nice to see some familiar faces in "The Hobbit".

Anyone know if Viggo is going to be in this?
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3:26PM on 12/09/2010
I hope not! His character was supposed to be a surprise in LOTR. They'd F it up if he were in this one.
I hope not! His character was supposed to be a surprise in LOTR. They'd F it up if he were in this one.
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12:50AM on 12/09/2010
Good news, but I don't remember Legolas being in the Hobbit. Can someone refresh my memory?
Good news, but I don't remember Legolas being in the Hobbit. Can someone refresh my memory?
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1:24AM on 12/09/2010
he wasnt, his dad was but not him, tho he was around.
he wasnt, his dad was but not him, tho he was around.
12:29AM on 12/09/2010

Sweet.

Its relieving that the casting is going without a hitch in terms of getting actors to return.
Its relieving that the casting is going without a hitch in terms of getting actors to return.
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