While making The Lord of the Ring he broke a rib after falling off a horse. He recovered and the success of this film soon made him one of the most popular actors in the world. He had originally tested for the part of Faramir but producer and director Peter Jackson had no doubt at this time and he would reprise the role of the elf Legolas in The Hobbit – Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom aka Orlando Bloom.
Jackson shared Friday his announcement on Facebook page:
10 years on, I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again,” Jackson said. “I look older – he doesn’t! Orlando created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, and we’re excited to be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more.”
We’ll have to wait and see how Legolas will be developed since the role of Legolas doesn’t appear in the Tolkein’s novel.
Bloom, who is named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and next appears as the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers in October, is one of a number of thesps from the original Lord of the Rings franchise whom Jackson has enrolled for The Hobbit. Elijah Wood also returns as Frodo Baggins, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Ian McKellen as Gandalf; Cate Blanchett will as well reprise the role of Galadriel, another character missing from The Hobbit novel.
Martin Freeman, star of the UK version of The Office, will take on the role of Bilbo Baggins in the two-film series, which is currently in the midst of its fourteen month shoot in New Zealand. The first Hobbit film is scheduled for release in December 2012, the second sometime in 2013.
Check out Aragorn and Legolas tribute scenes from the last Lord of the Rings:
Lord of the Rings: Aragorn and Legolas