Peter Jackson has confirmed on his Facebook page that Orlando Bloom will be reprising his role as Legolas in The Hobbit:
“Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. 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.”
After it was confirmed that other old The Lord of the Rings cast members were joining The Hobbit, speculation was rife that Bloom would be making an appearance too.
A member of the Fellowship of the Ring during The Lord of the Rings, Legolas is the son of Thranduil, King of the Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood. While Legolas does not make an appearance in The Hobbit novel, Thranduil does when Bilbo and the dwarves travel through Mirkwood on their journey.