Deadline has confirmed the long-rumored news that Martin Freeman will be portraying Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
A number of other actors have been confirmed for the movie as well. Richard Armitage will portray Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves, withAidan Turner and Robert Kazinsky playing Kili and Fili of the Company of Dwarves. Graham McTavish is set to play Dwalin, John Callen takes on the role of Oin, Stephen Hunter plays Bombur, Mark Hadlow portrays Dori andPeter Hambleton is Goin.
Other actors such as David Tennant and James Nesbitt are also reportedly up for roles in the movie. Ian McKellen andAndy Serkis are expected to return as Gandalf and Gollum, although deals haven’t been finalized yet. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy were also mentioned as possible cast members, although Bill Nighy would likely provide his voice for Smaug the dragon.
Here’s what director Peter Jackson had to say about Martin Freeman as the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins:
It was said that casting has only begun on The Hobbit. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any further details as soon as we have more information.
The Hobbit is in development and stars Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Hugo Weaving,Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Doug Jones.