Orlando Bloom Iffy On 'Hobbit' Role Unless Peter Jackson Returns

Orlando Bloom seems to be shying away from playing the great elf Legolas in "The Hobbit," that is unless his original "Lord of the Rings" helmer is behind the camera. "Who's directing it, Peter Jackson?" he mockingly answered when asked about the possibility.

Yes, we know that Legolas isn't technically in "The Hobbit," and to his eternal credit, Bloom knows this as well. But dedicated "Rings" fans know that Legolas is an elf from the realm of Mirkwood, a kingdom Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions get captured in towards the end of "The Hobbit," imprisoned there by the Elvenking Thranduil.

Given, then, that Bilbo spends much time during "The Hobbit" at Mirkwood, and given, too, that Thranduil is Legolas's father — it seems inconceivable that filmmakers wouldn't choose to include the popular character in some capacity. "Maybe they'll create a subplot for Legolas," Bloom said, though later adding that "I think we covered [his story] with 'Lord of the Rings.'"

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