Peter Jackson has hired his first set of actors for The Hobbit! According to Deadline Martin Freeman will indeed play Bilbo Baggins, having sorted out previous scheduling conflicts.
On the casting Jackson said “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave–exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”
Here are the other confirmed cast members:
Among the other Dwarves, John Callen will play Oin; Stephen Hunter will play Bombur, and Mark Hadlowplays Dori, while Peter Hambleton will play Gloin.
Deadline also mentions that “Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy (as the voice of the dragon Smaug) are possible participants”. We can expect more announcements over the upcoming days/weeks as pre-production gets underway ready for a February shoot.
What do Tolkien fans think of the cast so far? Was Martin Freeman ‘born’ to play Bilbo Baggins?