And so the casting speculation begins. Now that Peter Jackson has a February start date for The Hobbit he can begin offering roles to actors, which he may have been doing for a while, but now things start getting official.
According to Deadline “Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins”, Irish actor “Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role” and “Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant”.
We heard from Freeman earlier this week who said, scheduling conflicts aside, he’s up for it. Doctor Who actor David Tennant was one of those names linked to the Bilbo role when wild casting speculation was rampant, but it may have been the case that they wanted him for another part instead.
James Nesbitt is well known in the UK for his TV roles, and he appeared in Bloody Sunday in 2002 (directed by Bourne director Paul Greengrass). I can easily see him playing a dwarf (13 dwarves will appear in the film prominently if they decide to include them all).
The more interesting name mention is that of Michael Fassbender, who is currently filming X-Men: First Class as Magneto. Should he join the film, he may star opposite Ian McKellan who we all know played the Master of Magnetism in the X-Men trilogy. I’m sure everyone’s inner geek would love to see that.
With dwarves, wizards and elves requiring actors all we can do is speculate until specific roles are confirmed. I’m liking all of the names mentioned above though, and would be happy to see them all appear in The Hobbit.