Though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hasn’t even hit theaters yet, that’s not stopping us from looking forward to the next two installments in the trilogy. And before we even get to see the first chapter unfold on the big screen, Entertainment Weekly has already revealed the debut image from the last film in the series, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

This image is notable for giving us a glimpse at Orlando Bloom reprising his Lord of the Rings role as Legolas for the movie. He is seen conversing with Bard the Bowman, who is played by Luke Evans. If you’re wondering why Legolas will be in the film despite not showing up in the novel, director Peter Jackson told the site, “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 will hit theaters on July 18, 2004.

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[via EW]

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