Matthew Goode for The Hobbit?

Actor Matthew Goode (Watchmen) apparently auditioned for The Hobbit - but will he be getting the role?

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.

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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