Peter Jackson Confirms Ian Holm Returning as Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'!

April 22, 2011
Source: Facebook

Ian Holm

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 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?

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That's awesome.

Xerxexx on Apr 22, 2011


Cant wait, so excited.

`spyder on Apr 22, 2011


I still get pretty freaked out when I watch that scene where Bilbo get's upset about Frodo having the ring. Ian Holm was good as Bilbo, just another bonus I suppose! Here's a Crapola Bilbo circa 1984:

Crapola on Apr 22, 2011



Nick S. on Apr 22, 2011


i love u pete

stfugtfo on Apr 23, 2011


Great News!

Anonymous on Apr 23, 2011


This movie just keeps upping itself. Hopefully it's not a Godfather part 3 or a Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The only thing that hurts it is the RED and the 3D. Jackson should just drop that, shoot on 35 and do as little as possible when it comes to digital tweaking of colors and stuff (TTT and ROTK looks hideous in places because of the DI and grading)

Ryderup on Apr 23, 2011


Meaning - this movie should have that wondeful look of the parts of FOTR that was'nt digitally graded.

Ryderup on Apr 23, 2011


The Godfather Part III was nominated for best picture. The Kingdon of the Crystal Skull is what it was supposed to be; a throw away summer popcorn flick.

Hank on Apr 23, 2011


So.. what... if it was nominated for best picture? A summer popcorn flick can be good or bad. This one was bad. Also considering the series it belongs to.

Ryderup on Apr 23, 2011


The Godfather III was nominated for Best Picture and it was decent, but it was in no way near the same quality as the first 2 Godfathers. Coppolla waited far to long to make it. The same can be said for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and even the last 3 Star Wars movies for that matter; all of those movies were made in a different time. It's kind fo like high school reunions, you can go back for a visit, but you cannot capture the magic of your high school years, too much time has passed you by.

Hattori Hanzo on Apr 25, 2011


Ian Holm is still alive!? Blimey!

Jez on Apr 24, 2011


damn so awesome!

A5J4DX on Apr 25, 2011

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