Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise continues to stand out as a crowning achievement in cinema. The original trilogy (as well as The Hobbit trilogy) has become a cultural touchstone beloved by many fans, and the actors who played those iconic roles have become synonymous with the characters. In fact, it looks like at least some members of the Lord of the Rings cast have remained in touch, as Orlando Bloom and Sir Ian McKellen recently met up for a reunion along with Hobbit co-star Adam Brown. Check out the photo from the gathering, below!
Brings back all of those memories of watching The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, doesn't it? We don't know what Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen were totally up to during that reunion, but according to the caption of Bloom's post, it looks like they met up for drinks to catch up. And, of course, as they are not ones to discriminate against The Hobbit franchise, they let Adam Brown (who played the dwarf known as Ori) tag along for the ride.
As fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise already know, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom have carved out astounding reputations for themselves in the realm of Middle Earth. McKellen became an instant icon for his role as Gandalf the Grey (and later Gandalf the White), while Bloom became equally famous for his turn as the eagle-eyed elf known as Legolas. Sure, McKellen may have also achieved nerd god status for his role as Magneto in the X-Men franchise, and Bloom did the same with his portrayal of Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but for a particular section of the fandom world, they will always be known as these two beloved Middle Earth dwellers.
Of course, seeing Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom together in a Lord of the Rings reunion also leaves us wondering about the future of J.R.R. Tolkien's work on the screen. Luckily, we won't have to wait too long to see more adventures in this world, as Amazon is currently in the process of developing a live-action Lord of the Rings series that's aiming for a 2021 release. Ian McKellen has already stated that he would consider returning to the role of Gandalf on the upcoming show, so we will have to wait and see if any other stars offer to come back and reunite with him!
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the work of Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen, as well as the future of the Lord of the Rings franchise, as further details are made available to us. Until we learn more (or until they reunite for another heartwarming photo), make sure to head over to our 2018 movie premiere guide to read up on all of the films set to hit theaters this year!
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