Orlando Bloom ‘too old’ to play Legolas in Amazon LOTR series
Orlando Bloom says he is extremely unlikely to return to the world of Lord of the Rings. The star – who is the only character to appear in all three original and prequel films (besides Ian McKellen) – has said he is ‘too old’.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Bloom addressed the possibility of returning to play the character. Amazon has picked-up the fantasy epic and plans to turn it into a Game of Thrones-style mega-series.
"I like to think of myself as ageless," Orlando joked. "I don't know where I would fit in that world, really... If you're saying there's Legolas, they've probably got a 19-year-old kid who's ready to go."
Bloom – who is currently promoting another Amazon Prime series called Carnival Row, said he and Peter Jackson had already shared a private joke about someone re-making Lord of the Rings when filming the original trilogy.
"It's funny, I remember being on set with Peter 20 years ago now and he was saying, 'Wouldn't it be funny to think about when they want to do a remake of Lord of the Rings,'" said Bloom. "We were in the midst of this remarkable shoot, and I was like, 'Never going to happen, never going to happen!'
"Here I am working for Amazon, and they're re-doing it," he said.
The new series has picked up Jurassic World director J.A. Bayona to helm the first two episodes, while J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will serve as overall showrunners.
The series – which has already been confirmed for up to five seasons – is expected to hit streaming screens in 2021.