orlando lotr Orlando Bloom close to joining 'The Hobbit'; Armie Hammer in talks to play Leo DiCaprio's lover

Time to break out the blond wig. Orlando Bloom is close to signing a deal to reprise his role as Elven archer Legolas in “The Hobbit”. Fans can expect a lot more than just a cameo appearance. Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving are reportedly still in talks. [Deadline]

]]>Armie Hammer is in talks to play Leonardo DiCaprio’s lover in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”, a J. Edgar Hoover biopic.Hammer would play former lawyer-turned-G-man Clyde Tolson, who is rumored to have been former FBI director Hoover’s (DiCaprio) lover.[The Wrap] Shia LaBeouf and absurdly handsome person Tom Hardy are set to play bootlegging buddies in John Hillcoat‘s “The Wettest County in the World.” Nick Cave — yes, that Nick Cave — wrote the script for the prohibition-era thriller, which is set to start shooting in spring 2011. [LAT] Cate Blanchett has not spoken her last elvish. The Australian actress is teaming up with “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson in his adaptation of “The Hobbit,” reprising her role of Galadriel. This news might catch many J.R.R. Tolkien fans off guard, seeing as how Galadriel is not a character from the novel. [EW] Red tape may keep Redman and Method Man from ever making a sequel to their 2001 comedy “How High,” but that doesn’t mean the two can’t find another vehicle. Redman says he’s currently writing a screenplay for the two. [Billboard] Speaking of buddy comedies nobody asked for, Kevin James and Adam Sandler will likely appear onscreen together again — Remember “Grown-ups” and “I Know Pronounce You Chuck & Larry?” — in “Valet Guys.” The movie follows two seasons valet attendants who end up on the run after witnessing a murder. [Deadline] Would a new poster make you want to see Mel Gibson in “The Beaver?” No? [Vulture]