‘The Hobbit’ Has David Tennant as Legolas’ Father Thranduil?

A new rumor suggests that the actor has joined Peter Jackson’s upcoming prequel as an elf king.

David Tennant could be The Hobbit's Elf King
David Tennant could be The Hobbit's Elf King
Amidst all of the exciting recent casting news regarding Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit, which has seen quite a few Lord of the Rings alumni heading back to the Shire, including Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellen, and possibly Orlando Bloom, another casting tidbit has flown under the radar. It appears that David Tennant, who will next be seen taking over the role of Peter Vincent, as originated by Roddy McDowall, in a Fright Night remake, has joined The Hobbit as Sindarin Elf King Thranduil.

Thranduil also happens to be Legolas' father, which sheds some light on how Orlando Bloom's character will be reintroduced to the franchise. Tennant also recently confirmed himself for a new take on Much Ado About Nothing, so it is not clear how he plans to fit both films into his upcoming schedule.

At this time, David Tennant's casting in The Hobbit has not been officially confirmed. David was originally being considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins, a part which has gone to Martin Freeman. Sylvester McCoy is also rumored to have been offered the role of Radagast the Brown, but there is no confirmation that he has accepted the role at this time either.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

Sources: IMDB, The Examiner

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Comments (14)

  1. Victoria Irene Johnson

    Tennant as King Thranduil! HOLY CRAP! I think my heart just exploded!

    3 years agoby @Victoria-Irene-JohnsonFlag

  2. skywise

    As a huge Doc Who geek i am excited to see Tennant do ANYTHING in this movie.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Josh

    @The_Narrator: If cast, Tenant would be the same age going into this film as Weaving was going into LotR. Granted, the age gap between Weaving and Liv Tyler was 17 years, whereas the gap between Tenant and Bloom is only 6, so you may have a point.
    But I still think they could pull it off. Tenant would be a welcome addition to this project.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Esgaril

    Oh, and it's only one film to fit the schedule, because the Fright Night shooting was finished last September. I hope he can make it!

    4 years agoby @esgarilFlag

  5. Esgaril

    Narrator, maybe it can help to see David being an elf king (made by a talented fan): http://seduff.tumblr.com/post/1404179982/david-tennant-as-an-elven-lord-brunette-for-all
    And you really should see more of his work, because I think he's one of the most talented actors of our time. It isn't coincidence that he played both Romeo and Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company on stage...

    4 years agoby @esgarilFlag

  6. Bane5000

    this just adds to the great casting so far...still unsure bout actually having legolas in the film though, having his father is good enough of a connection, an orlando bloom cameo would be ok but not utterly necessary...

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  7. the Narrator

    Jayson, that argument is invalid. I already said the same about the casting of the dwarves in the film. Make-up only does so much, but if the actor can't properly embody their character what's the sue. I haven't seen this guy in anything save for Doctor Who which I find weird, and his role in HP: Goblet of Fire, where he went over-board with his character. I just don't see him being a king.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  8. Narzion


    4 years agoby @narzionFlag

  9. JaysonB190

    @The Narrator That's what make up is for

    Thumbs Up For Master Tennant

    4 years agoby @jaysonb190Flag

  10. Worth5Bucks

    well out of respect for peter i thumb this up

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  11. WongFu

    It's only a rumor... I hope

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  12. Summit10

    King who???

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  13. the Narrator

    Well that's odd. I mean, I trust Peter and crew, but this guy can't really be Legolas' father can he? Even with the whole "immortal" thing, he needs to look older and more mature than his 200 year old son, so would it make sense to cast someone around Weavings age? I mean, this guy just doesn't seem like a king of anything, but I'll wait and see.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. Cripple


    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

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