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Orlando Bloom officially joins The Hobbit cast

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Actor Orlando Bloom has officially joined the cast ensemble of upcoming movie The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson has confirmed that the Lord of the Rings actor will reprise his role as Legolas in his adventure flick. He will join Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen for the shooting of the film in New Zealand.

Peter Jackson took to his Facebook account to announce the cast of Orlando Bloom for the adventure movie The Hobbit. He wrote, "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."

However, The Hobbit centers its story on Bilbo Baggins, who joins a company of thirteen dwarfs led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild for the latest adventure. The movie is based on a novel by JRR Tolkien and it is split into two parts, which are shot back-to-back. The first installment will grace the theaters in 2012, while the second part releases in 2013.

Topics: the hobbit, orlando bloom, peter jackson

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