Published on January 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
Tennant the Elvenking!
With most of the roles from the novel being filled Peter Jackson has been busy reuniting members of the Fellowship for his upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit- with the former Doctor rumoured to be taking the role of Orlando Bloom’s father Thranduil the Elvenking (so he’s to blame!)
In The Hobbit, Thranduil the Elvenking holds the realm of Mirkwood where Bilbo and his band of DwarvesÂ are held captive for not revealing the intentions of their journey (Mirkwood is kind of like a Middle Earth Customs Desk) to swipe Smaug theÂ Dragon’s goldÂ only to be rescued (SPOILER!) by Gandalf.
Bizzarly the role of Thranduil was played by Austrian film director Otto Preminger (The Man with the Golden Arm) in the animated nightmare that is Jules Bass/Arthur Rankin, Jr’s 1977 Â adaptation.
Previously, the Tenth Doctor had been linked with the role of Hobbit-in-chief Bilbo - a part that eventually went to Martin Freeman (Sherlock) – and the role of Bard the Bowman, a grim archer from the town of men, Esgaroth.
Despite the rumours being unconfirmed by anyone involved with either The Hobbit or David Tennant, he is listed on the first part of a planned two part saga’s oh so reliable IMDB page (which includes roles for Leonard Nimoy as Smaug and Brian Blessed, who seems to be on there for just being BRIAN BLESSED.)
A listing that unfortunately hasn’t been granted to the former Seventh DoctorÂ Sylvester McCoy who was confirmed as Radagast the Brown.
So, is this an early scoop or some very clever Hobbit fan letting their imagination fly after hearing yet more rumours that Orlando Plank (Elizabethtown) will be returning to Middle Earth as Legolas?
Already, the New Zealand filmmaker has brought both Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men)Â and Andy Serkis (BurkeÂ & Hare)Â back to reprise their roles as Gandalf the Grey and SmÃ©agol/Gollum.