Orlando Bloom's 'Hobbit' Return: Middle-Earth Is 'Unchanged'

One of the more surprising—but welcome—early announcements about the new "Hobbit" films was that Orlando Bloom would reprise his role as everyone's favorite blond-haired elfish archer, Legolas. Though the character does not appear in the book, director Peter Jackson wrote a part for a younger Legolas to make his return to Middle Earth.

"I was very honored that Pete wrote me back into it because it's perfectly feasible that I could be there," Bloom says. "That they thought to have me there was a real compliment."

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With the part being written specifically for the films, it's impossible to say what Legolas may be up to in the "Lord of the Rings" prequel. MTV News spoke with Bloom while he was promoting "The Three Musketeers" in London, and he says that Legolas will be up to his old tricks. Bloom hints that his role in "The Hobbit" will have "all the Leg-y magic moments," which we'll take as, "awesome bow and arrow stuff with flips."

Bloom says that returning to the set and Middle Earth has been like hanging out with the family again. "To me, it's like stepping back into a family affair. It's just amazing. It's unchanged," Bloom says.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" starts the two-part quest December 2013 with a 3D release, and the following Decemeber, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" brings the journey to a close.

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