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Martin Freeman Might Still Be The Hobbit
Update: MGM wants to make it work

09 September 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Sun

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Update: Not so fast, says Entertainment Weekly. According to their sources, MGM is still trying to snag Freeman to play Bilbo in The Hobbit and has come back to him with a new schedule that would let him shoot both. Stay tuned...

We’ve known for a while that casting has quietly gotten under way on The Hobbit, despite the fact that the film still doesn’t have an official greenlight and remains largely caught in the web of MGM’s financial issues. But Peter Jackson, who has yet to confirm he’ll actually direct the thing, has been looking for actors and now comes a story that Martin Freeman, long rumoured as a possible Bilbo Baggins, has had to pass on a “firm” offer to play the role.

The reason, according to The Sun? The offer came in too late for him to squeeze any part into his schedule considering that he’s committed to the next series of the Beeb’s Sherlock. The story, as picked up by The One Ring, was that, “It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. MGM, who are making the film, only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks.  It was agonising but he had no other choice.”

Since this news comes from “a source” who “told” The "Sun" about it, and since last we heard the film's legal issues still hadn't been sorted, we’re going to treat it as more rumour than anything for now, and since it’s about an unannounced casting situation, we doubt there’s any likelihood that it’ll get confirmed unless either Jackson or Freeman himself goes on the record.

Plus, with no actual date set, there has been little indication as to when The Hobbit will be filming. Presumably, Jackson and co are still angling for a late 2012 release which is why the clash happened in the first place.

So if not Freeman, then who? Pick your Baggins in the comments...


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RE: Martin Freeman Turned Down The Hobbit?
Can't agree more about MGM don't know who's running the show over there but they surely aint got no idea about movies when you have 2 cash cows like The Hobbit & Bond it makes no sense not to get them into production as soon as possible. I agree Tom Hollindar for Billbo. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:10 on 13 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Martin Freeman Turned Down The Hobbit?
L: hlshep Tom Hollander of course. Perfect bemused everyman in Rev. eah - I could see Hollander doing a good job as Bilbo. That said, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jackson completely surprise us with the casting on this one. I just hope that MGM sort out their problems quickly... Ian McKellen ain't getting any younger ;) More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 15:27 on 13 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Martin Freeman Turned Down The Hobbit?
Tom Hollander of course. Perfect bemused everyman in Rev. More

Posted by hlshep at 09:23 on 12 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why follow unconfirmed rummors?
L: BelfastBoy L: Dirty Hartigan L: BelfastBoy Freeman would be an awful Bilbo and if he's really turned down the opportunity to make cinematic history in order to work on a BBC show, then he's totally insane. f he'd be awful as Bilbo, why is it insane for him to turn the part down? was differentiating between my opinion and common sense, obviously didn't make that clear enough. Based on the films I've seen him in (Hitchhikers Guide, Confetti, Love Actually) and his More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 16:54 on 10 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: http://www.happy2shopping.us
I agree, Since the office he has shown that he's not very versatile. The producers should go with a relative unknown. It worked for the trilogy with Frodo. More

Posted by zombie mastermind at 19:59 on 09 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why follow unconfirmed rummors?
L: Emyr Thy King Tom Hollander must be certifiably cast for the role of Bilbo Baggins. He'd be perfect. es!!! I'll be disappointed if it's anyone else. More

Posted by Katamarang at 09:25 on 09 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: elab49 L: jmebaby25 This can't be true. Whilst k and showed some promise in the last episode, surely Freeman would walk over broken glass to place Jackson's Bilbo? While disagreeing with the muted opinion of Sherlock's quality, I think you've missed how astonishingly successful the show was. And that may last a good bit longer. It's certainly a valid alternative choice if the story is remotely true. e can disagree on the quality of Sherlock (the acting was fine, but the plot o More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 18:30 on 08 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: IF this is true, then it's a shame.
L: Concise_Statement He deserves more acclaim and exposure, and it seems a tad unfair that Gervais is the only person from The Office who's allowed to galavant round Hollywood, when clearly the most talented members of that project were Freeman and Stephen Merchant. often thought the same, especially when Mackenzie Crook got the Pirates role. Still, as has been said above, I'd much prefer they made more Sherlock. I'm not quite sure he would be right plying Bilbo. More

Posted by MarcE at 15:45 on 08 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why follow unconfirmed rummors?
L: Dirty Hartigan L: BelfastBoy Freeman would be an awful Bilbo and if he's really turned down the opportunity to make cinematic history in order to work on a BBC show, then he's totally insane. f he'd be awful as Bilbo, why is it insane for him to turn the part down? was differentiating between my opinion and common sense, obviously didn't make that clear enough. Based on the films I've seen him in (Hitchhikers Guide, Confetti, Love Actually) and his TV work, it's my per More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 15:41 on 08 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why follow unconfirmed rummors?
Tom Hollander must be certifiably cast for the role of Bilbo Baggins. He'd be perfect. More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 13:21 on 08 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Why follow unconfirmed rummors?
L: BelfastBoy Freeman would be an awful Bilbo and if he's really turned down the opportunity to make cinematic history in order to work on a BBC show, then he's totally insane. f he'd be awful as Bilbo, why is it insane for him to turn the part down? More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 03:57 on 08 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jmebaby25 This can't be true. Whilst k and showed some promise in the last episode, surely Freeman would walk over broken glass to place Jackson's Bilbo? sp; While disagreeing with the muted opinion of Sherlock's quality, I think you've missed how astonishingly successful the show was. And that may last a good bit longer. It's certainly a valid alternative choice if the story is remotely true. More

Posted by elab49 at 21:31 on 07 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: MICHAEL 'BLEEDIN' SHEEN!!!!!!!
Aye aye aye. Biggest mistake he will ever have made if it is true. More

Posted by kumar at 11:11 on 07 September 2010 | Report This Post

RE: MICHAEL 'BLEEDIN' SHEEN!!!!!!!
Well Jackson and Steven Moffat know each other through working on Tintin, so its not out of the realm of chance that this is correct.   Also, the correct answer is Tom Hollander. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 10:30 on 07 September 2010 | Report This Post

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