Orlando Bloom is claimed to be near to signing a deal to appear in The Hobbit films. The return of Legolas would be more than just a cameo, Deadline.com is reporting.
Well, the fangirls would be certain to come…I don’t know how I feel about this rumor.
I’m glad of this news. But I always thought that if Legolas was to make an appearance it would be a non-speaking one. Having him present in the background in Thranduil’s hall as the Dwarves are brought in front of the King would be a nice touch.
Now, the rumour about the Battle of Five Armies hadn’t occured to me but I wouldn’t mind him being present in the battle – as long as he doesn’t do any rollercoasting stunts of some sort!
My concern is that they may choose to write out Bard altogether, and have Legolas kill Smaug. From a movie-maker’s viewpoint, it makes sense — why have some random guy that nobody has heard of up till now, and who has a relatively small part in the film have such a climactic role? Makes more sense to use a character that people are familiar with, and who also has fairly epic archery skills.
I honestly would not be surprised if this happens.
It would be nice to see him as a familiar face as long as he doesn’t do too much talking. He looks great as an Elf, but his acting lets him down the moment he tries to talk – I guess that’s why he did so well in LOTR; he barely spoke and just got all the fun stunts.
As long as Legolas is background and doesn’t hog the limelight away from the Dwarves this could work. It would be nice continuity at any rate.
When I first read this, my brain screamed in protest, but thinking about it, it might just work. It makes sense that he’d be by his father’s side during battle, and it would be interesting to see how the writers portray the relationship between him and Thranduil. I just don’t want his part to be too big.
It makes sense, in a way.
They wouldn’t have to go out of their way to include Legolas in the story line, since it deals with the elves of Mirkwood. It would be a good move to further tie the ideas in the Hobbit to LOTR, especially for people who liked the movies but never got into the books. Plus, the target audience increases when you add fangirls.
That depends on the part he gets. If he’s just harmlessly hovering about in Mirkwood and Five Armies, and perhaps assisting the raft-elves, I won’t have a problem with him, and even go as far as to say casting him would be a positive thing.
If, on the other hand, my nightmares come true that he kills Bolg in Beorn’s place / kills Smaug in Bard’s place / steals the Arkenstone in Bilbo’s place, or does any funny stuff when everyone else is fighting for their lives, like battle is some sort of amusement park… then I’d be furious :j
I think it is good. But Legolas shouldn’t talk to dwarves. Filmmakers have to be loyal to Tolkien. Legolas is a son of Thranduil and Orlando Bloom is very good elf – why not?
I’m not sure how I feel. I do agree that it would bring fangirls, but I also agree that it would be normal for him to be in Mirkwood. I guess it would be nice to see him in the movie, just not in a major role.
HECK no!! That doesn’t make sense!
At first I was kind of unsure, but I’d enjoy seeing him again as long as the story didn’t get changed much. He would be a logical one to lead the elves in the Battle of Five Armies, I think.
I say, why not? It’s logical to think that Legolas would have been around during The Hobbit, although I would say that it would be better to make it more of a cameo and not leave out someone like, say, Bard, but then, sometimes you have to look at the movie as just a movie–and keep it separate from the books we know and love.
I seem to be in agreement with most of the other commenters here: As long as Leggy doesn’t steal anyone else’s part in the story, I don’t have any problem with his presence at all. In fact, I would be glad to see the Prince of Mirkwood with his father in Thranduil’s hall and the Battle of Five armies.
It would be awesome, I’d have to admit, to have Legolas in the Hobbit and have him in Mirkwood and maybe the battle as long as he doesn’t take another character’s place. Orlando was an awesome Elf and I think it would add more to the movies to have a familiar face in it.
If in a small, background role in Mirkwood, and a supporting combatant at the Battle of Five Armies, then OK. We must remember that when the dwarves arrive in Thranduil’s halls, he asks where they are going, Oakenshield refuses to tell him, and Thranduil throws them all in jail until they decide to change their minds. That said, I wouldn’t want to see Legolas in some weird place where he’s trying to help the dwarves escape down the river or something like that. His place would be to actually try and stop that as the king’s son; as other commentors have written, dwarves & elves didn’t have alot of love for each other at this time in Middle Earth, were very distrustful, and quite frankly, the Legolas-Gimli friendship was an anomaly; indeed, even that friendship took months of being on the road and in battle together to actually mature.
It would be great!!! Many fans would love to see Orlando and Legolas! I would love to see Legolas too! He’s the son of Thranduil, so it’s logical that he should appear too! Would there be also the Battle of Five Armies? Imagine Legolas fighting there! It’s lovely!
It kinda makes sense. After all Legolas is hundreds of years old so he would probably be there. But I agree with everyone else, he definitelyy shouldn’t have a large roll and wouldn’t necessarily have to say anything, yet he would be a nice touch. (it almost sounds like im calling him a lawn ornament)
actually, i’ve been kind of hoping he would be seen in Mirkwood… he does live there. but this makes it sould like he’ll be doing a little more than i would like. still, it’s only a rumor, so i won’t go into Panic Mode yet.
I don’t know if I like them messing with the continuity, but I’m certainly excited to see Legolas back. Excellent.
So basically it won’t be the Hobbit story as we know it, it seems the writers are going to take more liberties than they did with LOTR
Dear swee God, please let it be true! Orlando Bloom/Legolas is awesome!
As King’s son, it makes sense. I am an avid Legolas fan, but from the point of view of The Hobbit, his role should be small and not grand. Hpwever I will not be surprised if it isn’t.
I agree with the majority here – Legolas was very much alive and very likely present in Mirkwood at least. So a few appearances and few lines wouldn’t hurt, as long as he doesn’t steal too much limelight. He would be another familiar face besides Cate and Ian, which would feel good to the audience that have seen LotR.
I’d be ok with that! hahaha 🙂 I actually did have a really weird dream about Orlando Bloom memorizing lines for some movie, but I just figured it was Pirates of the Carribean. And he was in my kitchen. It was kinda weird -_-
I think that would be a horrible idea. He is never mentioned in the book, and he’s a horrible Legolas anyway. Just saying.
How has Orlando Bloom aged? We don’t want Legolas in The Hobbit to look considerably older than Legolas in LotR, and I for one have not seen anything of the man for years.
Apart from that, I pretty much agree with the consensus that as long as they don’t do anything stupid with the plot/elf-dwarf relations, I don’t have a problem with this.
I don’t know how I feel about this… It would be nice seeing a familiar face, as long as Legolas has a small part. But if they turn him into a main character of “The Hobbit” with plenty of talking and plenty of stunts just to please fangirls, then NO WAY ! Better no Leggy at all than too much Leggy. =) I don’t mind Orlando Bloom being in the movie, but Legolas just can’t be a main character in it.
i think he was really great in the films
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