Peter Jackson Confirms Ian Holm Returning as Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'!
With Peter Jackson returning to helm the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, plenty of his cast members from the Lord of the Rings trilogy are also slated to head back to Middle Earth. Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom are all said to return (even a minor supporting role has been crafted for Bret McKenzie) and it should be quite the reunion. Well, Peter Jackson recently revealed on his official Facebook page (via TheOneRing.net) that despite the fact that Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins in the film, Ian Holm will also being playing the older version of the hobbit at some point as well.
Here's what Jackson said about Holm's return in The Hobbit:
"One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit,' that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J"
So that's a nice little bit of extra casting that should make fans happy. I'm willing to bet that Holm will appear as Bilbo telling the story as some sort of book end for each of the films. It's certainly another great way to connect the Lord of the Rings trilogy to this new two-part adaptation, and that''s just awesome. Honestly, even though we'll be waiting for awhile, I can't wait to see how Jackson's return to Middle Earth turns out. There's a good chance these films have the potential to get Academy Awards attention in the same way Lords of the Rings did almost a decade ago. Sound good?