Orlando Bloom Confirmed to Play Legolas in 'The Hobbit'

Peter Jackson has officially announced that Orlando Bloom will be playing Legolas in the second part adaptation of “The Hobbit,” the story set 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Jackson posted on his Facebook page Friday, “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.”

Some of the returning actors from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy will include Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, and Hugo Weaving as Elrond.

A new face added to “The Hobbit” cast includes Martin Freeman who will play the lead role of the younger version of Bilbo Baggins.

“The Hobbit” is slated to be released in late 2012 while the second part will be out in 2013. The film is currently being filmed in New Zealand.