Olrando Bloom will be returning to reprise his role as the popular arrow flinging elf Legolas in Peter Jackson's new films The Hobbit. Bloom was a fan favorite in his role from the Lord of the Rings trilogy films.

Director Peter Jackson made the announcement on his Facebook page saying,

10 years on, I'm thrilled to be working with Orlando again...I look older - he doesn't! Orlando created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas, and we're excited to be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more, said Jackson.

Bloom and Jackson were lifted into Hollywood stardom thanks to the success of the trilogy. Bloom's recent popular role was seen in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean series. Jackson went on to direct and produce other films such as King Kong, District 9 and The Lovely Bones.

Jackson has begun shooting for The Hobbit Part 1 and 2 in New Zealand where the two prequel films will be in shown 3D. Returning actors from the Lord of the Rings trilogy include Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis.

Though J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit novel did not include Legolas, Jackson will be integrating the character into the story for Part 1. Jackson worked with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Tora in writing the screenplays in preparation for worldwide distribution under New Line Cinemas and Warner Bros.

The Hobbit prequel films are schedule for release in 2012 and 2013.