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Orlando Bloom Joins Cast of The Hobbit

Orlando Bloom is joining the Hobbit gang after all.
/ Source: E!online

Orlando Bloom is joining the Hobbit gang after all.

Amid rumors that Bloom's Lord of the Rings character would appear in the fantasy flick, director Peter Jackson confirmed Friday the studly star will indeed be back as elf-prince Legolas.

So, how exactly will that work since Bloom's iconic character doesn't appear in the book version of The Hobbit?

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You'll just have to wait to see.

While Jackson revealed his decision to include Legolas in his film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's novel...he didn't exactly spill the beans on how Legolas will be placed within the story.

"Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas," Jackson wrote on his Facebook page. "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."

Bloom will join Lord of the Rings franchise stars Elijah Woods, Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis, who will make a return run in The Hobbit as well.

This isn't the first time Jackson has announced the inclusion of a character that was absent from the original Hobbit tale, however.

Cate Blanchett will be on hand to reprise the role of Galadriel, who wasn't a character in the book version either.

The first Hobbit film is scheduled for release in late 2012.

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