Orlando Bloom has officially joined the cast of Peter Jackson's upcoming film "The Hobbit."
Bloom starred in the director's "Lord of the Ring" films and will return for "The Hobbit" franchise, despite the fact that his elf character Legolas does not appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel.
"Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas," Jackson wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. "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 and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr welcomed their son Flynn on January 6, 2011.
Bloom and Kerr dated for at least three years before secretly getting married in July 2010. Kerr announced her pregnancy shortly after the wedding.
Bloom rose to fame after starring in three "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the "Lord of the Rings" movies. The British actor will also star in the upcoming remake of "The Three Musketeers," which is slated for release on October 14, 2011.
"The Hobbit" will be two films and will star British actor Martin Freeman of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" as hobbit Bilbo Baggins. The films will serve as a prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien that Jackson helmed to blockbuster film success.
Other actors cast in the movie include Ken Stott as Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, and Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn.
"The Hobbit" production has experienced a substantial amount of production problems, the biggest of which was a dispute with actor's unions in New Zealand, Peter Jackson's homeland and the filming location of the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
It was announced in October that the two "Hobbit" films will be released in December 2012 and December 2013.