Is Dr. Who’s David Tennant Joining The Hobbit?

King Thranduil is known to Ring fans as the father of Legolas, which could lend some legitimacy to rumors that Orlando Bloom will appear in the film as well. If true, one wonders how much makeup Tennant will have to don, as the not-quite-40 year old actor looks more like Bloom’s brother than his father.

Tennant was reportedly on the short list for the role of Bilbo as well, and no official word of any kind has yet confirmed that he has joined the cast. The Hobbit opens in theaters in November of 2012, just days before the supposed end of the world