Although he was digitally de-aged for the 'Hobbit' trilogy, Orlando Bloom thinks he might have aged out for the role of Legolas in Amazon's upcoming TV series, 'Lord of the Rings'.
The actor, who first played the elven archer in 'Fellowship of the Ring', was speaking about the role at the Television Critics Association panels for his upcoming TV show, 'Carnival Row'.
"I mean look, I don’t know how they’re going to approach it. I haven’t had any conversations about this. I fell that I have done everything... Coming back to be on 'The Hobbit' was a really wonderful little tip from Peter that he wanted me to come into that and it made a lot of sense," Bloom explained.
"I like to think of myself as ageless but I don’t know where I would fit into that world. If you’re saying as Legolas, they’ve probably got some 19-year-old kid who is ready to go."
Listen, Orlando Bloom, there isn't anyone out there who can hope to top something like this.
Of course, Orlando Bloom isn't the only original actor who won't be involved. Hugo Weaving spoke to us back in 2018 for the press tour for 'Black 47' and said pretty much the same thing. So far, the only actor who appears ready to take part is Ian McKellen, reprising his role as Gandalf.
Plot details on the series are being kept strictly under wraps, but it is known that the series has already locked down its producers, directors and writing staff. Among them are Bryan Cogman from 'Game of Thrones', 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' director J.A Bayona, and many other producers from shows such as 'The Sopranos', 'Breaking Bad' and 'Hannibal'.
At the centre of 'Lord of the Rings', however, is JD Payne and Patrick McKay, two relatively unknown writers who have been charged with running the show. The idea, it seems, is to replicate what David Benioff and DB Weiss did with 'Game of Thrones', i.e. hand it off to two unknowns and staff them with the best writers, producers and crew in the industry. After all, if it worked for 'Thrones', it can work again.
No release date has been set for 'Lord of the Rings'.