First image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again featuring Orlando Bloom and Luke Evans

If you’re getting a little overwhelmed by all of the promotional material for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the run up to the film’s release next week, then Entertainment Weekly has just the tonic for you – the first official image from The Hobbit: There and Back Again (yes, that’s the third one), which features none other than Orlando Bloom, who is set to reprise his role as Legolas from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom is joined by Middle-earth newcomer Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Immortals), with the Welshman set to portray Bard the Bowman…

Bloom will be joined by several Lord of the Rings veterans in the cast of the forthcoming prequel trilogy, including Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Ian Holm as the older Bilbo and Andy Serkis as Gollum. As for how Legolas will fit into the new films, Peter Jackson explains: “He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm.”

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is set for release on July 18th, 2014.

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