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After the announcement that Cate Blanchet will appear in Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, reprising her “Lord of the Rings” role as Galadriel (even though Galadriel isn’t in “The Hobbit”), a rumor started circulating that Orlando Bloom is “near a deal to return as Elven archer Legolas”. Similarly to Galadriel, Legolas is nowhere to be found in “The Hobbit”. Strange, considering that the role will be reportedly be “more than a cameo”.
Elves are immortal, so if they try hard enough, they’ll find a way to work Galadriel and Legolas into the story without age being a problem. Maybe they’ll show up near the conclusion as a way to tie the two “Hobbit” movies to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
There is still no word on whether Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Hugo Weaving, will reprise appear as Gandalf, Gollum, and Elrond, respectively, all of whom figure prominently in both “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings”. It’s odd that so much effort is being expended on two roles that don’t appear in the book, instead of focusing on securing the lynchpins of the series. Then again, that stuff is probably going on behind closed doors and everything will work out eventually.