At this weekend’s London junket for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, I was able to speak with Orlando Bloom about playing the Duke of Buckingham. While I’ll be posting the full interview next week, since I got an update on The Hobbit I figured you’d like to hear his comments immediately. As most of you know, Peter Jackson is currently directing the two prequels to the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. Part one is titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it’ll be released on December 14, 2012. Part two is titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again and it will hit theaters on December 13, 2013. Both films are set sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and tell the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who joins up with a band of dwarfs to retrieve a great treasure from the lair of a powerful dragon.