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Yes, Orlando Bloom will reprise his role of Legolas in the The Hobbit.

But that casting tidbit dwarfs the following news related to this franchise: Peter Jackson's two adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's work have been given titles and release dates:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters on December 14, 2012.
  • The Hobbit: There And Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.
The Hobbit Book

The director started shooting both movies in New Zealand (in 3D) a few weeks ago. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.

In the upcoming films, look for Freeman's Bilbo to be on a quest to reclaim the lost Kingdom of Erebor.

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by Hilton Hater at

Orlando Bloom is on his way back to Middle Earth.

Despite his character not having a role in the novel version of The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson confirms that Bloom will, indeed, portray Legolas in the wildly-anticipated film.

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"Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas," Jackson wrote on his Facebook page. "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."

The Hobbit will hit theaters in late 2012.

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