Director Peter Jackson confirmed Friday that Orlando Bloom will join the cast of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, according to TheWrap.com.
Orlando Bloom is the last cast member of The Lord of the Rings to join The Hobbit. While Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Gollum (Andy Serkis) appear in Tolkien’s JRR Romance, Jackson has apparently made room for Legolas, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and Frodo (Elijah Wood).
A small leap for the synopsis of the novel. The two-part (3D) film is scheduled for December 2012 and December 2013.
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, Jackson said in an ad on his Facebook page. I am thrilled to announce that we will be together to revisit Middle Earth with him once again. I’m excited to work with Orlando Bloom again. The funny thing is, I look older and he doesn’t! I guess that’s what makes him such a wonderful elf.
The 3D project started shooting in March after months of fighting, delays, financial problems and health issues for Jackson. The project is set to cost $500 million.
The film was shot at Wellington’s Stone Street Studios and the site of the imaginary Hobbiton near the town of Matamata North Island, New Zealand.