Martin Freeman Is Bilbo And More..
After months of endless speculation, Peter Jackson has confirmed that Martin Freeman will be donning a pair of hairy prop feet and heading to Middle-earth. The man who shot to fame in The Office will be Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit.
New Line and Warner Bros. made the big announcement earlier today and apparently there had never been any doubt in their mind over the role. “Despite the various rumours and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” read an official statement. “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.”
And this news seemed to open the floodgates for a swathe of other casting news on the prequel…
Richard Armitage (of Spooks & future project Captain America) has been confirmed as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarf mission to Lonely Mountain. “Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakenshield,” said Jackson of the decision. “We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands.”
And then there’s Being Human’s Aidan Turner, who is Kili and EastEnders’ Rob Kazinsky, who has signed on as Fili. “Rob is an extremely talented young actor with a huge career in front of him. I’m thrilled that he has agreed to take on the role of Fili. Besides his talent as an actor, Rob is also a champion sword fighter and I’m looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins,” said Jackson of Kazinsky, before describing Turner as “a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I’m sure he will bring enormous heart and humour to the role of Kili.”
The last of the confirmed castings include Graham McTavish as Dwalin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, King Kong veteran Mark Hadlow as Dori and Peter Hambleton as Gloin. Deadline also reports that Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy are also in the running for roles (with Nighy on the list as a possible Smaug voice), though none of them are yet confirmed.