Rumor of the Day: John Rhys-Davies' Gimli returning for The Hobbit

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Another Lord of the Rings favorite could be dusting off his costume for The Hobbit. We already know that Elijah Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) are set to return. But what about John Rhys-Davies' Gimli?

A while ago, Rhys-Davies was spotted in New Zealand visiting the Hobbit set. It led fans to believe he was on official business, perhaps reprising his role from the previous Lord of the Rings films. To add fuel to the fire, the actor attended a recent convention where he was asked point-blank if he'd appear in the movie.

A fan revealed:

At first he denied it, but after a little pressing he smiled really big, laughed, winked, and said that maybe it was possible. His smile... his laugh... I'm taking this as a pretty big indicator that he will be involved in some small way. Can't wait to see it!

Rhys-Davies also provided the voice of Treebeard in LOTR, so if he doesn't reprise Gimli, maybe he could do a voice cameo? What other character could he play?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters Dec. 14.

Do you think Rhys-Davies will reprise his role for The Hobbit?

(via TheOneRing)

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