It is common for directors to cast their actor friends in their movies. Peter Jackson has Andy Serkis, Tim Burton has Johnny Depp and Guillermo del Toro has Doug Jones, so it is no surprise to here that del Toro is looking for a role Doug would be well suited for in The Hobbit.
“There’s been lots of speculation. I wouldn’t want to ruin anything. Guillermo creates things with me in mind and he’s got a better image of what I can do than I do,” the man otherwise known as the Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien told MTV News, a wicked and knowing smile across his face. “However, there might be an elf king, father of Legolas kind of character that I would love.”
That would be King Thranduil, king of the Silvan elves in the northern part of Mirkwood, where Bilbo and his company of dwarves spent a large portion of their time towards the end of the novel. Known simply as the ElvenKing throughout “The Hobbit,” Thranduil gets into it pretty fiercely with Thorin over the Arkenstone, a fight that isn’t resolved until, well, until his son Legolas and Gloin’s son Gimli become friends during the events of “Lord of the Rings.”
I’m pretty sure everyone knows that the script for The Hobbit hasn’t even been written yet, so nothing is certain. However, the doesn’t stop people from talking about things.