At long last, “The Hobbit’s” cast, which has existed in the form of rumors and suggestions since the film was first talked of, is beginning to take shape. British actor Martin Freeman has just been announced by New Line and Warner Bros. to play the title character of the two-parter movie Bilbo Baggins.
According to Peter Jackson, he had picked his main hobbit long ago: “Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” he said in the official statement. “He’s intelligent, funny, surprising and brave – exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit,” director added. Indeed, Martin Freeman has proven himself as a well-fitted leading man as Arthur Dent in “The Hitchiker’s Guide to The Galaxy,” a man married to Gwyneth Paltrow and dreaming of Penelope Cruz in “The Good Night,” and artist Rembrandt van Rijn in “Nightwatching.”
But Bilbo’s part is not the only one officially filled. British TV star Richard Armitage, playing a part in the upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger,” will play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the company f dwarves on a quest to recapture his lost inheritance. Aidan Turner of “Being Human” TV-series was cast as Kili and “EastEnders’” Rob Kazinsky – as 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,” Jackson remarked. Other casting news include Graham McTavish as Dwalin, John Callen as Oin, Stephen Hunter as Bimbur, Mark Hadlow as Dori and Peter Hambleton as Gloin.
In the meantime, Stephen Fry, Saoiruse Ronan (“The Lovely Bones”) and Bill Nighy remain in the running for the roles. Much expected Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis haven’t been confirmed yet. Though it’s hard to imagine any reason why those two would be replaced.