Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle
He's attached to the YA adaptation
Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange
He could be the Sorcerer Supreme
Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & More Join Game Of Thrones
Alexander Siddig, Keisha Castle-Hughes and more set for Season 5
Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man
Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman are also leaving the film
Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development
The Scorch Trials should be on the way
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show
Along with Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell
Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease
'We don't know what's coming next...'
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie
And reveals Maisie Williams in talks
Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image
Black Widow finds a LiveWire
Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five
Five on the development trail
See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters
Updated! Now with Black Widow, Captain America, The Vision & more
Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor
Check out the sights and stalls of 2014's San Diego convention
Raccoon Rule At Guardians Of The Galaxy’s London Premiere
It’s a marvellous night for a racoon dance
New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables
Fuss in boots
Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed
Check out the Batdimples on Bruce
Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar
Director’s surprise appearance heralds new information
Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House
Spierig brothers prepare for a haunting
Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel
Leprechaun: Origins goes back to the old country
Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum
What are your 'dating dealbreaker' movies?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
23 July 2014
New The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Still
Update: The poster is now also online
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
12 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Svengali (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

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

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

submit to reddit

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...


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Natalie Portman Feels Gravity's Pull
She's been offered the sci-fi drama
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Our official verdict on Marvel's latest addition to their cinematic universe

Frank Grillo's Ten Toughest Hollywood Tough Guys
The Purge: Anarchy star picks his favourite badasses

Role By Role With Joel McHale
The star of The Soup and Community on Spider-Man 2 and much more

'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)