Peter Jackson has confirmed on his facebook that Orlando Bloom will be returning as Legolas in part 1 of The Hobbit.
It was first reported that Bloom was reprising his Lord of the Rings role back in December, with more in mentioned in April -- though not official.
Now the director has confirmed with:
"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. Funny thing is, I look older-and he doesn't! I guess that's why he makes such a wonderful elf."
Including Bloom, fellow cast members from LOTR returning to The Hobbit include: Ian McKellen (Gandalph), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Ian Holm (Bilbo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond).
Look for The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, on November 12, 2012.