Orlando Bloom Thinks He's Too Old to Reprise Role in Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' Series

Bloom was at the TCA to promote another Amazon show, 'Carnival Row.'

Orlando Bloom of 'Carnival Row' speaks onstage

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Orlando Bloom of 'Carnival Row' speaks onstage

Orlando Bloom has outgrown his popular Lord of the Rings character, as the actor claims that the chances of him reprising the role are slim. 

During a panel at Television Critics Association summer press tour, Bloom told the audience the role of Legolas in Amazon's upcoming take on the Lord of the Rings series is better suited for a younger actor.

"I like to think of myself as ageless but," Bloom said with a laugh, "if you're saying there's Legolas, they've probably got a 19-year-old kid who's ready to go."

Bloom landed his first major acting role when he was cast to play Legolas in the Lord of the Rings film series. Bloom was 24 years old at the time. Although the character of Legolas is nearly 3,000 years old, the 42-year-old Bloom thinks that Amazon should give a young actor a chance to shine when casting their Lord of the Rings prequel series. 

Amazon have not revealed much about their upcoming series, but the show is supposedly set thousands of years before the time of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Amazon first announced the production of the show in 2017 and it's set to hit their streaming service in 2021. Bloom was at the TCA to promote another Amazon show, Carnival Row. This fantasy series will premiere on Aug. 30. 

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