Today we have a pair of updates for the eagerly anticipated additions to the Middle Earth film franchise: The Hobbit (parts 1 and 2). Guillermo del Toro spoke this week about casting the lead character, Bilbo Baggins and about the hot topic of the “bridge” film that would tie this movies into Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It appears that MTV has a strong relationship with Guillermo del Toro as they seemingly talk with him every week or two about his upcoming projects. Some key news items that broke this way over the months include back in January where Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen spoke about The Hobbit films and both showed interest in making returns to the franchise if there were some opportunity to do so. Dominic also went as far as to say that the filmmakers want them back and that it’s a strong possibility.

Months later, Jackson and del Toro confirmed that The Hobbit would be spread over two separate films and that when it’s all said and done, you could sit down and watch all the films together as a well-flowing pentology. They were working out the script with the team and things were looking good.

Fast forward to now and we have two new updates from the last two days. The first is that del Toro is very close to announcing who will be playing the lead in the movies. Awesome, right? Back at the Sundance film festival in January, he had revealed there were four candidates at that time and now he has apparently narrowed that down to just one and we can expect the announcement soon.

Some rumors online for the role include James McAvoy and Ewan McGregor. I think either would work and I like the idea of McAvoy as a hobbit.

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