Orlando Bloom confirmed for ‘The Hobbit’

Bloom joins growing list of original cast members for 'Lord Of The Rings' prequel

Orlando Bloom has signed on to reprise the role of Legolas in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit.

Director Peter Jackson announced that Bloom had agreed to appear in the film on his official Facebook page, Facebook.com/PeterJacksonNZ.

Jackson said that Bloom, who had been strongly rumoured to be returning, created an “iconic character” in the original films.

“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,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, Stephen Fry was added to the cast of the two-part adaptation of the JR Tolkien novel. The actor and writer will play The Master Of Laketown.

Filming has already begun on The Hobbit, which features The Office and Sherlock actor Martin Freeman in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins.

Sir Ian McKellen and several others from The Lord Of The Rings will reprise their roles in some capacity in the movie, which is due to be released in 2012.