TheOneRing.net confirmed on Friday that Ian Holm, who played Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will return to play older Bilbo in The Hobbit.
One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either.
There has been plenty of speculation concerning which actors from the original trilogy will return. Ian McKellan has already begun filming as Gandalf, and Andy Serkis will return as Gollum and as the second unit director. Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), and Christopher Lee (Saruman) have also been confirmed by TheOneRing to return. It is rumored that Orlando Bloom (Legolas) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) may make appearances as well, but nothing is for sure yet.
You can check out TheOneRing’s cast list here.