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Orlando Bloom To Join Blanchett, McKellen, Serkis and Weaving For Peter Jackson’s HOBBIT??

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Orlando Bloom is “near a deal” to join other “Lord of the Rings” actors in “The Hobbit,” Deadline Hollywood reports.

A quick search of the Wikipedia entry on Tolkien’s “Hobbit” reveals no mention of Bloom’s character Legolas (though Legolas’ pop, Thranduil, apparently plays a supporting role in the 1937 novel).

While New Line on Tuesday formally announced Cate Blanchett would reprise her “Rings” role of Galadriel, the deals for fellow “Rings” vets Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving have apparently yet to close.

Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.



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  • Dec. 9, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by Hercules


  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    wonder if this will work

    by Zadrock


  • This is not a good layout.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST


    by jedihillis

    Did I get it?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    why do they have to put them in it just so people will have some sort of continuity? People are stupid I guess and the filmmakers cater to it.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    maybe he's playing his pop

    by Talkbacker with no name

    In make up and ting yeah?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Wow messed up talkback.

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I was first withmy comment and then no comments and then my first comment was second.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised.

    by Juggernaut125

    I always figured McKellen would be one of the first of the original cast to return. He's always spoke so highly of the films and Jackson.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Bloom is washed up

    by Titus05

    Bloom's career has gone nowhere since LOTR...he was probably begging Peter Jackson for a part in The Hobbit...Bloom was supposed to be the breakout star but Viggo Mortenson has taken that award...OT: 5 days later and AICN still hasn't fixed their issues?...what's going on? long does this take?...I actually find this new font rather refreshing though...easier on the eyes

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' hobbits

    by caruso_stalker217

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Ian McKellen

    by bod33

    Unless he drops dead, he will be in it.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Layout is shit

    by bod33

    True story

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    not excited

    by darth_hideous

    how do you stretch this story into two movies? maybe liv tyler will be in there too. given the quality of the lovely bones, is it possible that the hobbit movies will actually be BAD?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Orlando Bloom

    by Fremen

    was funny in Evolution with David McCallum.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:39 a.m. CST

    He is a shitty actor

    by Larrylongballs

    I would prefer to see Justin Timberlake and Sarah Silverman recast in Bloom and Tyler's roles.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    i've been watching the LOTR dvds w/ commentary all week.

    by RedHorseVector

    i'm very excited now that peter jackson is directing and the cast is shaping up. i'm not sure if they're only doing the hobbit at this point or incorporating elements of other tolkien stories as they originally planned, but i trust this creative team to tell a good story. the LOTR commentaries show how thorough they are about adapting tolkien's work for the screen. this will rock.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    You can never go back home

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    I don't think this hobbit business will work out with Jackson at the helm. From the interviews i've seen he doesn't appear to have the same passion for the material. And wouldn't McKellen be the first actor you have on board?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Fits the story

    by GhostofCicero

    Although Legolas isn't mentioned by name in the Hobbit it certainly makes sense that he would have been around when Bilbo and company were locked up by his father.

  • That fucking saddens me herc it really does.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Well, he's doing it again.... fucking with, I mean "fixing"

    by V'Shael

    a classic text. After all, it worked so fucking well at Helms Deep...

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Two Towers - Helms Deep...

    by V'Shael

    It was supposed to be the last stand of the humans, as they faced impossible odds, knowing victory was impossible. But Peter and Fran wanted to bring Arwen into that story somehow. So they INVENTED this last minute cavalry arrival of a fuck load of elves with Arwen at the head. THEN they realised the Arwen idea was shit, after shooting some footage of her at Helms Deep. But they kept the Elves arrival to save the day. Completely missing the fucking point of the Helms Deep part of the story. It's like having the Magnificent Seven show up while Butch and Sundance are facing the Bolivian army. Fucking idiotic. So yeah, you just "fix" the hobbit by introducing Galadriel, Legolas, and whoever else you think was missing. After all, it's not like The Hobbit has been an award winning book for over 50 years or anything.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    redhorsevector, it takes a week to watch LOTR!<p> And as for Bloom being 'washed up'. A 30 year old guy, with great looks, millions in the bank and women throwing themselves at him? I'd like to be that washed up too.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Um - when you post now it says 'your comment has been added' - Well where it is motherfucker?! I like the instant gratification of seeing that post appear... anyone else not getting their comment appear straightaway?!

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    For once I'm first

    by SuperSaiyan2112

    Flame on, fuckers!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    oh wait, never mind

    by SuperSaiyan2112

    the new layout fooled me...FUCK

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Scrambled Talkbacks sure bring back memories

    by rev_skarekroe

    Remember when all the Talkbacks were scrambled all the time for months and months?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    This site was made in Drupal, right?

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    Why didn't the devs just rebuild it on a WAMP server and get all the kinks out before putting it live?? Hell, why not put it live under a temp URL and them migrate it when it was finished? You can't build a site with Drupal while it's live. It's a recipe for disaster!!

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by k_pilkington

    WTF is wrong with this bitter, twisted, malcontented individual. Sure, nothing wrong with being an irate snarky piece of shite on occasion but jesus, what a miserable son of a bitch. If you hate everything so much just stick your head in the oven and spare the rest of us your cuntishness. Impotent bad tempered little pig. If its not Helms Deep its the layout of this site. Heres some news for you- I fucking loved the LOTR trilogy by PETER JACKSON. Lord of the Rings as written by Toelkin? Fucking tedious badly written wank.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by JaguarWong

    Christopher Lee MUST be in this...

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it does make sense that Legolas is in this...

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    After all, Thandruil is his father. So, although he's never mentioned by name (probably because Tolkien hadn't invented him yet), Legolas would probably be hanging around in Mirkwood at that time.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I trust Jackson to do the film the way it should be

    by MAD_MIKE

    I am curious though about what role David Tennent is going to play in it. <P> The Elves make sense because he could show more of the war of the Rings where they destroy the dark one as a beginning of the film for the first 30 minutes

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I was excited to see a "new" AICN.

    by End_Of_Line

    This "update" is a minor letdown. I mean, I like AICN a lot, and visit all the time, but if you are going to update the look of the site - go for it. Making things wider isn't really a warranted change, IMO. And this reverse talkback this is quite annoying. Plus, please add a time stamp - not just the day.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    No mention of the other castings - Beorn is cast!

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah, yeah

    by Disgustipitated

    Orlando has been trying to get Peter Jackson to cast him in the Hobbit films for a couple years now. All this means is he's still trying. I remember reading a few months ago that he once again had mentioned it to Peter and Peter's response was essentially 'Don't call us, we'll call you.'

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    First of all....I'm not digging the new layout here.... Second, is it just me or does PJ seem to be straying away from the source material with some of these casting announcements?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    makes sense

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    i was wondering the other day if he was around back then. he'll probably show up in pirates 4 or 5 too. can't keep away from orlando bloom!

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Well that's just great.

    by Brannagins Law

    Now I have to question my sexuality for another two movies. Thank's Bloom you sexy douchebag.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    His best role... still.

    by BradZuhl

    Nice to see Orlando revisit Legolas, even though Hobbit purists will writhe in agony about his inclusion.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Bloom's career has gone nowhere, Titus?

    by D.Vader

    Co-starring in one of the most profitable film franchises of the decade isn't good enough I guess?

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    pilkington does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "WTF is wrong with this bitter, twisted, malcontented individual" k_pilkington. Those in glass houses... Take a good long look at the man in the mirror my friend.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    Well said. Only a few of us here who have the gravitas to say it....Tolkien's source material didn't need "fixing". So here we go again. Let's add a buncha characters who aren't supposed to be there in the first place, but we'll need to make room for all these "necessary changes".<p>Although there are lotsa folks out there who'll argue to the death over how Jackson and Co. were absolutely justified and correct to omit the dialogue: "I am the Mouth of Sauron." Ludicrous, it is.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    It's interesting that you rip someone a *new* one for saying he didn't care for "Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings", but then one sentence later you refer to the source material as "Fucking tedious badly written wank". So I guess all those countless millions upon millions of fans who worshipped Tolkien - many decades prior to these films - have always been and always will be complete idiots?<p>You could at least spell the author's name correctly. I welcome a vitriolic flame-filled post in retaliation.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by SpazMatic1074

    Elves in "The Hobbit" Before people start bitching about this, there is huge history of these races that is mentioned in The Appendecies. PJ & Co. are clearly drawing from these other sources in order to make a filmable, living history of Middle Earth. This should be really interesting, and I personally can't wait to see how they pull this one off. I'm guessing they might be telling the stories either edited throughout "The Hobbit Pt 1" or inter-weaving through Pt 2? To see the tragic telling of the Elves as mentioned briefly in the documentries of the Expanded DVDS would be very cool indeed.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Should be awesome

    by TV's Frank

    The Hobbit is written completely differently from LOTR, in a very simplistic way that is aimed at childre, and I'm glad Jackson seems to be expanding the action of the plot quite a bit. I've always thought Legolas should be in it, as he could be inserted quite easily, although I hope that they don't overuse him. I was thinking of a brief cameo when the dwarves are captive in Mirkwood. Really looking forward to Jackson's take on The Hobbit.<p>I really hate this new TB format, btw.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST my comment?

    by TV's Frank

    Where the fuck...

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    ...fucking blows.

    by TV's Frank

    This format...

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    This is the only thing..

    by Hamish

    ..that I've ever found inconsistent between LOTR and The Hobbit: Legolas' people live in a cave, so why he needed to be shown the wonder of underground by Gimli I could never figure.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I just want everyone back

    by CherryValance

    If John Rhys Davies could play Treebeard I don't see why everyone else can't play a second role. :D I don't read books lol so I don't know who is supposed to be in it and who isn't but I thought they'd always said they were going to add other stuff and that it would include things that weren't in The Hobbit but were part of other stories. As a fan of just the movies I'd be jazzed if they bring everyone back. They have to have a scene with Boromir. Even if he's just picking up chicks at some disco in Gondor. I need more Bean.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Audio_of_Being

    As long as the characters don't feel shoehorned in and Jackson keeps that same sense of wonder and adventure you get from reading the book, The Hobbit should be a fun movie. Also, in the vein of fantasy literature, I'm wondering why AICN is still so anti-Game of Thrones. The lack of coverage is almost astounding considering HBO has put out 3 teasers and a behind the scenes special plus they're already expected to greenlight season 2. All that and this site only puts up the 10 photos from EW.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Good Lord (and not of the Rings)

    by Teddy Artery

    Is this a final version of the site upgrade? Oh, boy. I hope not.

  • Dec. 9, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Makes sense to me.

    by caerlas

    We don't know what Legolas was up to at the time of Bilbo's journey, but we do know the Wood Elves played a major role in the plot, and he is a prince among them. So hypothetically speaking, had Legolas been at the domain of the Wood Elves during that time, why shouldn't we see him present with his father when Bilbo and the dwarves are brought before him. Could they have bigger plans for him than that? Possibly. Someone already said he could be more prominently used in part 2 which would fill in some gaps between The Hobbit and LotR. That doesn't disturb me either because I know Tolkein left a lot of unpublished material lying around that involved many of the stories characters. My only wish is that they not use these characters to significantly alter the plot of the actual story of "The Hobbit" just to play to fans of the actors.