Matthew Goode for The Hobbit?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 2:59 pm,

Remember Matthew Goode, the guy a lot of you Screen Rant readers thought was ill-suited to role of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen last year? Well how would you feel if I told you that Goode is being considered for another role held sacred by fanboys everywhere?

According to an extensive interview that the actor did with the Telegraph, he recently auditioned for the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit.

Now, before you start typing in your angry comments (“NO! NO! NO!”), take a minute to read the context of this news.

Here’s a snippet of the article posted by the Telegraph:

Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like traveling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand…Goode might be Hobbiting about in New Zealand wearing pointy ears and prosthetic feet.

As our good friends over at IESB point out, whenever an actor stars talking so cavalierly about a role they were up for, it’s usually a pretty good indication that they’ve already been knocked out of the casting pool. To state it another way: if Goode was indeed being seriously considered for the role of Bilbo, then he’d probably be keeping his mouth shut while sending gift baskets to both Jackson and del Toro every single day.

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Goode in Watchmen

I, for one, am hoping that Goode is indeed out of the casting pool. He falls into that weird category of actors who I don’t dislike, but still wish had been replaced every time I see him onscreen. That was certainly my feeling while watching Watchmen (see what I did there?) and also while watching The Lookout, in which Goode’s inhaler-puffing villain was more strangely effeminate than menacing. There are more engaging actors out there, for sure.

Personally, I’ll be glad when all this Hobbit casting business is done and Tobey Maguire is confirmed for the role – these constant rumors and trivial happenings are getting rather tedious.

Stay tuned, as I’m sure casting confirmations will be coming soon.

Depending on possible delays, The Hobbit pt. 1 is slated to hit theaters in late 2011, with pt. 2 scheduled for 2012.

Source Telegraph via IESB

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  1. Yeah, I'm not amped on seeing him as Bilbo. I don't think I'd mind seeing him in a supporting role, though. I don't think he can support the film.

  2. No find someone else. I thought the Watchmen blew….The fact the he starred in it leaves me with little confidence he could fit into the role of Bilbo Baggins….

  3. man call me crazy but I adored him in whatchmen I think he fit the role perfect, he made the movie feel more weird on some level he had a nice tone to his charactor. as for bilbo no way

  4. Don't know about him playing a hobbit. He might be a little too lank to play one, visual trickery like they did in LOTR aside and all, but I could definitely see him pulling an elf or one of the humans. He did decently as Veidt despite the expectations from fans for the role and he's solid enough of an actor to do well in The Hobbit if he was cast in a role. Hope they keep him in mind.

  5. “these constant rumors and trivial happenings are getting rather tedious.”

    Um, them how's about you stop reporting on these tedious rumors.

  6. Hmm I haven't seen Watchmen so I can't comment on him as an actor and he may do well in The Hobbit in general but I don't think he's right for Bilbo. He's too different from Ian Holm. I would imagine Ian Holm might play older Bilbo but they need someone vaguely similar for younger Bilbo.

  7. I didn't mind him in Watchmen honestly. Who else could have played that part? I thought he did a fine job. But, I don't think he should get this role. He doesn't fit the character IMO.

  8. Vaguely similar? Like… Martin Freeman? http://www.bbc.co.uk/lilyallen/images/celeb_mar

  9. Not Tobey please, I actually really like him, but a relative unknown should always be cast for roles like this.

  10. Agreed, I actually enjoyed him in Watchmen, but than again I really liked Watchmen.

  11. Not Tobey please, I actually really like him, but a relative unknown should always be cast for roles like this.

  12. Agreed, I actually enjoyed him in Watchmen, but than again I really liked Watchmen.

  13. Not Tobey please, I actually really like him, but a relative unknown should always be cast for roles like this.

  14. Agreed, I actually enjoyed him in Watchmen, but than again I really liked Watchmen.

  15. Is it me or should Bilbo be a middle aged man, not some young so-so actor???
    Bilbo is a middle-aged hobbit (about 50-55yrs old), shouldn't Jackson of all people know this?? i know that the “studio's” always push for the young ones, but damn if this is going to be any good at all, the hell with what the studio'ss want, and get it right!!

    till next time

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