Following on from the news yesterday that Cate Blanchett is to reprise her role as Galadriel for The Hobbit movies despite the fact that the character isn’t actually in Tolkien’s book, whispers are doing the rounds that Orlando Bloom is also close to doing a deal to return as Legolas.
As Legolas is another character that doesn’t make an appearance in The Hobbit book it looks like we could be getting the so called ‘bridge’ movie after all.
Originally The Hobbit was to be one movie but then the idea of the second movie was floated which would bridge the gap between the end of The Hobbit and the start of Lord of the Rings.
The idea being that they could bring back many of the actors from Peter Jackson’s trilogy which would be a crowd pleaser for the fans of those movies. It would also allow a lot more artistic license for the second movie without upsetting Tolkien purists.
Deadline are saying they have been told the Legolas part is much more than just a cameo so either PJ is really going to deviate from the book or The Hobbit part 2 is going to be the bridge movie.
It will be interesting to see which other actors from The Lord of the Rings get signed up before shooting starts in February.
It should be noted though that as Elves, Galadriel and Legolas whould have been around in Middle Earth during the time Bilbo takes off on his journey so I could be way off the mark. They aren’t mentioned by name in The Hobbit because Tolkien had yet to build the characters. This doesn’t mean though that PJ has to ignore them.
At one point in The Hobbit for instance it mentions Gandalf visits the White Council and Galadriel we learn later in LOTR is part of that council. While The Hobbit doesn’t go into what happens at that meeting, PJ may have plans to expand the story to include it in the movie.
As for Legolas, as the son of King Thranduil he could be part of the party encountered by Bilbo in Mirkwood as well as at the kings court. Being more than a little handy with the bow and arrow its also a safe bet he would have taken part in the Battle of Five Armies.
Jackson has a huge advantage over Tolkien. When the author completed The Lord of the Rings he went back and made a few adjustments to The Hobbit. If he had penned The Hobbit after LOTR he may well have done what Jackson could be planning to do.