Who’s Playing Bilbo Baggins? Ian McKellen Knows

Published 6 years ago by

the hobbit ian mckellen as gandalf Whos Playing Bilbo Baggins? Ian McKellen Knows

On Saturday, London’s BFI IMAX cinema ran a Lord of the Rings marathon presented by Sir Ian McKellen, where they played the extended editions of the entire trilogy.

Gandalf (also known as Magneto for us X-fans) spoke briefly to introduce the films and revealed that he knows something everyone else is dying to know: who’s playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit?

According to /Film’s report, McKellen confirmed that he’s back to play Gandalf (an absolute must) and that Bilbo has finally been cast for The Hobbit films. He knows who was chosen and signed for the role and says that fans will be very happy with the selection.

Who is it?!

We don’t know yet, but we will very soon no doubt. At the District 9 presentation during San Diego Comic-Con, Peter Jackson started the presentation by clearing up the rampant Hobbit casting rumors at the time and spoke about the timing of the script completion and the budget talks that would precede any offers to actors. Obviously, that’s all said and done now so we can expect some official announcements soon.

Upon hearing this from McKellen, James McAvoy’s name was mentioned frequently in the audience’s rumblings at BFI IMAX cinema. However, McAvoy may not be such a clear choice due to his schedule, having signed on for Wanted 2, and more recently, I’m With Cancer, among other projects he’s in talks for.

According to Daniel Radcliffe, another highly rumored candidate, it’s not him either. So, who do you think snagged the role?

Are you excited as me for The Hobbit?

Part 1 of Peter Jackson’s and Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit is set to begin filming next March according to McKellen, and he’ll be getting a script for it in the next week or two.

Check back soon for more updates from Screen Rant on The Hobbit!

Source: /Film

TAGS: The hobbit
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Could be David Tennant.
    Certainly a fan favorite.

  2. As far as excitement, I don’t think I have the words to translate my zeal. The Lord of the Rings films are outstanding samples of what can be created in modern-day Hollywood and I am ultra-eager to see what’s crafted with one of the coolest “Hollywoord-Marvel-Team-Ups” in Jackson and Del Toro.

  3. I am really excited to see Guillermo del Toro’s take on the Hobbit.

  4. it`s not mcavoy, dammit

  5. McAvoy gets my vote, he is fast becoming my favorite actor… though I am yet to see wanted, is it good? should I check it out?

  6. Martin Freeman, Martin Freeman, no Whammies — STOP!

    80′s game show joke.

  7. Oh what a tease, that Sir McKellen.

  8. You KNOW it’s going to be Samuel L. Jackson, right? He’s like, in EVERYTHING!

  9. omg me and my roomates were just saying that, hes been like in 126 films now, the record is john wayne with like 160 something,


  10. this is hilarious,

    jurassic park
    iron man
    hes gonna be in astro boy
    freaking STAR WARS LOL
    kill bill
    deep blue sea, ( A SHARK ATE ME, IT F####### ATE ME)- dave chappelle
    die hard

    dude has been in some HUGE MOVIES lol, cept sea, thats just hilarious

  11. He was also the narrator in Inglourious Basterds :)

  12. its like wheres waldo, and the count was wrong, thats his total performances in all

  13. Yo Rob,

    Is Ewan McGregor still a possibility? I remember he was rumored a while back, wasn’t sure if he had been removed for some reason.


  14. Bilbo was 50 in the book. Hobbits do have longer lifespans than humans, but it’s part of his character that he’s already in his early middle age (about 40 for a human), and in Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf notes that Bilbo “hasn’t aged a day” since their adventure in in Wilderland, 60 years previously. For that reason, I think the filmakers will cast older, ie Christopher Eccleston (or someone like that) has more of a chance than David Tennant.

  15. @ Bane,

    He was rumored but I think it was just fan speculation.

    I love McGregor personally but I have trouble picturing him as a little hobbit :)

  16. Megan Fox? Zoe Saldana? Selma Haiyek? Hey, as long as we are speculating…. I have my fantasies too. 8-) :-D

    We all know it’s going to be Danny Devito. :-)

  17. @Gary, I too would love to see David Tennant get the part. He deserves to make a big break onto the silver screen.

    And while I don’t doubt McAvoy could do the part, and do great… he’s just not my first choice.

  18. Martin Freeman would be PERFECT for the part.
    If you think about it, the character of Arthur Dent which he played in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” is incredibly similar to Bilbo Baggains. I think he’d be perfect.

  19. Give Bilbo to Sharlto Copley.

    Wikus and Bilbo are the same character, at least in “The Hobbit”, and there’s no one better to play it. Plus, Copley is already on the ins with Jackson.

  20. Ha! Amazing! You guys totally called Martin Freeman! I guess that just goes to show how perfect he is for the part… :)