CONFIRMED: Orlando Bloom to return as Legolas in The Hobbit!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

Orlando Bloom is back! The British actor's elf ears and bow and arrow will live again. Bloom has finally been confirmed to reprise the role of Legolas in Jackson's The Hobbit. Jackson is officially getting the old band back together.

Peter Jackson confirmed the casting news when he announced Bloom's return on Facebook:

"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."

The Hobbit is currently shooting down in New Zealand, with Martin Freeman playing the title character. Bloom will rejoin other Lord of the Rings actors Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett. Everyone's in this thing! There's a reason they're breaking it up into two parts.

The first Hobbit is expected to open on Dec. 19, 2012, while Part 2 will open in December 2013. The releases will be a year apart, just like the good old Lord of the Rings days. Do you smell that? It's called nostalgia!

Are you excited for Legolas' return?

(via First Showing)

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