Rumor Patrol: Martin Freeman, David Tennant & More Joining ‘The Hobbit’?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:50 pm,

the hobbit header Rumor Patrol: Martin Freeman, David Tennant & More Joining The Hobbit?

Now that The Hobbit has the official green light from the powers that be, fans can actually start looking forward to the first film hitting our screens in 2012. Problems with the Screen Actors Guild aside, things finally appear to be going smoothly for the production of The Hobbit.

One of the most important aspects of The Hobbit is, of course, the casting – and it goes without saying that it’s particularly crucial that they cast the right actor to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins. There have been a number of names thrown around as possibilities, the latest of which is Martin Freeman (from the British version of The Office), and we’re now hearing word that the actor is very close to signing-on to play the lovable titular hobbit.

Deadline is reporting some casting news/rumors which mentions Freeman being “soon set to play Bilbo Baggins.” Freeman’s attachment to The Hobbit has been pleasing to fans – since he looks the part and has the sort of charisma and “feel” necessary for the role. He wouldn’t be my number one choice (that would be James McAvoy) but he’s a solid one nonetheless.

On top of Freeman, it appears that James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) has been offered a part in the film – with David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) being pursued for other roles. You may remember that Tennant was once rumored to play Bilbo so it’s interesting to hear he’ll be starring in the film – but as a different character. For now, Tennant, Fassbender and Nesbitt’s exact roles have yet to be identified.

Not that there was any doubt but the casting update also includes word that both Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum respectively. I’m sure there would have been riots in the streets of the Shire if those two didn’t make a return.

While we wait to hear confirmation, or denial, of the casting reports, we can do only one thing: speculate! Who could Tennant, Fassbender and Nesbitt be set to play?

The Hobbit is expected to start shooting next February under the direction of Peter Jackson. Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters on December 19th, 2012, with Part 2 following a year later in December, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Personally I think David Tennant is a better fit for Bilbo than Freeman.

    • Sam..ehh i dunno. Freeman does bare more of a resemblance to Ian though.

    • As much as I love Tennant, I can’t see him as Bilbo.

  2. Ross: If any of these people do not end up in the movie I will blame you for getting my hopes so high and then dashing them to the ground. I have no reservations about any of these people. This could be the best movie news I’ve heard in weeks.

    (I kinda agree about McAvoy. At least we’ll see him and Fassbender in “X-Men.”)

    • why blame the reporter though??

    • Hey – don’t shoot the messenger! :P

      • exactly sir. you guys do a great job as far as im concerned.

      • Ha-ha. You’re the closest I could come by! :)

  3. i just hope with all these delays, red tape and all the other woes thats been plaguing this film wont cause any release dates to be held up. no one wants to see a rushed project.

  4. Freeman would make a PERFECT Bilbo! I couldn’t have picked better, myself. As for David Tennant, I was a little confused as to which character he might physically resemble most, but after seeing that picture of the four of them, I thought, “he would make a fairly convincing Balin (and Dwalin)”. You think they ever consider doubling up the actors, since most of the Dwarves in “Hobbit” are either brothers or cousins?

  5. I’m liking all these casting rumors, but what I DON’T like is having to wait over 2 years to see this movie!!!

  6. Michael Fassbender for Bard the Bowman!

  7. my baby will be nearly 3 by the time its done lol

    • Ha! Life moves faster than movies :P

  8. Martin Freeman is a good choice but I’m doubtful he has that special serious quality essential to Bilbo. The thing is, Bilbo is no hero. He is an opportunistic, egocentric dreamer that’s the joke of the shire. He is at times unlikable and calculating. I think Freeman will have difficulty with the dark side. This is the lure of the ring, and in many ways… Bilbo’s will was stronger than Frodo’s. He kept it, controlled it for many years. I wish Freeman luck.

    • Opportunistic dreamer? How on Earth do you get that impression? Before Gandalf came along, his only dream was to smoke his pipe, eat seven or eight meals a day, and avoid his cousins. He didn’t become a “joke of the Shire” until after he returned from the quest. According to Frodo at the beginning of “Fellowship”, “we Bagginses were very respected before [Gandalf] came along; never had any adventures or did anything out of the ordinary”, or words to that effect.

      As for Freeman, he’s been in a number of roles, both film and TV, that more than demonstrate his range as an actor. This is his chance to show that he can be a leading man (again).

    • Bilbo and Sam were the only two wearers ever able to give up the ring of their own free will, and Bilbo carried it for a long time.

  9. I really couldn’t stand Martin Freeman until I watched Sherlock. Still not a big fan, but delighted to see James Nesbitt onboard. I just love most everything he’s done, he was the only decent thing in the execrable recent The Deep (I think it was called), and he was simply outstanding in Jekyll.
    Tennant can do wrong – so far.

  10. Curious that there is no word on Hugo Weaving reprising his role as Elrond. He is not a *huge* part of the story in The Hobbit but if they do all the stuff with the white council as has been talked about, you would also need him for that as well as Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee.