Martin Freeman is Reportedly Set as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit

October 17, 2010
Source: Deadline

The Hobbit / Martin Freeman

With production finally officially getting the greenlight, it's time to start getting into the nitty-gritty details of this highly anticipated adaptation. While they haven't officially announced any casting on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit yet, Deadline has been saying some very interesting things about what to expect with casting. First, we know that Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis will be back as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively, but who else is in? British actor Martin Freeman is said to "soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins," confirming rumors from in September that he'll be playing the lead in Peter Jackson's forthcoming two-part adaptation.

Besides Freeman, McKellen, Serkis, Deadline also reports that Irish actor Jimmy Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, Match Point, Five Minutes of Heaven, Coriolanus, "The Deep") has been offered a role, and that apparently Jackson is also pursuing Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, Centurion) and David Tennant (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Doctor Who"). Some big names from England, but all of them talented actors. None of their roles had been identified yet, but it sounds like Jackson is putting together quite an excellent cast, choosing strong British actors over more commonly known American ones. Shooting begins in 3D next February on the two films with a reported production budget of $500 million. We'll definitely continue to keep you updated on The Hobbit, as this is one project I'm very excited to follow.

Find more posts: Casting, Hobbit, Movie News, Opinions



I certainly hope he's Bilbo. That would be perfect casting.

Mark on Oct 17, 2010


cool...who played Bilbo in the other movies?

Jericho on Oct 17, 2010


Wasnt Ron Perlman rumored to voice Smaug?

Toucmyinfection on Oct 17, 2010


I can confirm that Freeman will be Bilbo.

Iknowall on Oct 17, 2010


@Jericho it was Sir Ian Holm in Jackson's LOTR.

Xerxex on Oct 18, 2010


It all looks good. But, of course, David Tennant is Scottish, not English.

PhilJ on Oct 18, 2010


And Fassbender is Irish/German....Freeman is perfect,would love to see Tennent in this,he would fit right in.

tri na nog on Oct 18, 2010


Simon Pegg, in a recent interview, also confirms this:

Bash on Oct 18, 2010


Tennant is amazing, I'd love to see him in a big ticket movie like this, hopefully with a few more lines than he had in Harry Potter, which was all of about 4.

Jake on Oct 18, 2010


agree on MF casting...........excellent choice.

beavis on Oct 18, 2010


martin freeman would be an aweful choice , he has no range at all , he plays the same character in all his roles . besides , this is a huge film and freeman could not carry it , he just isn't a good enough actor .

trev on Oct 18, 2010


I hope David Tennant has a big part. He is great, my favorite "Doctor".

The Kidd on Oct 18, 2010


Hopefully MF works for this roll, but judging on just appearance though, he looks like a frigin Hobbit already. lol

Guy on Oct 18, 2010


Alex, any idea which digital 3D camera system they will be using for these films?

Guy on Oct 18, 2010


What about the friction with the NZ union? That's still not sorted out yet. Green light, red light, green light...

good casting on Oct 18, 2010


It would be great if David Tennant and Sylvester McCoy (another persistant rumour) were both cast in the film. It would be very interesting to see two 'Doctors' together outside of Doctor Who.

les on Oct 19, 2010


Sounds like Warner wants to pull out of NZ at this stage, union being idiots. However Warner execs coming over next week and out vulturous PM has said he is going to grovel to try and keep the production here so who knows.

Daniel Sharp on Oct 20, 2010

New comments are no longer allowed on this post.



Subscribe to our feed -or- daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main account on twitter:
For the latest posts only - follow this one:

Add our updates to your Feedly - click here

Get the latest posts sent in Telegram Telegram