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HOBBIT Cast Confirmed

Martin Freeman confirmed as Bilbo in The Hobbit.

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 22, 2010
Source: New Line & Warner Bros. Pictures

After months of leading the speculative casting call list for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, British actor Martin Freeman has been confirmed as the new Bilbo Baggins in a press announcement by New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio has likewise confirmed their choices for Bilbo's company of Dwarves, the most notable addition with Richard Armitage playing Thorin Oakenshield. Check out the statement below and sound off with your thoughts.

Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros.; Steve Cooper, co-Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., and Peter Jackson have announced the cast for their upcoming epic production The Hobbit, with the lead cast including Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton.

Since The Hobbit films received a green light on October 15, pre-production has been in full swing. Set for release in December, 2012 and December, 2013, we can confirm that Martin Freeman (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz) will play Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story. Richard Armitage (UK TV's "MI-5" and soon to appear in Captain America: The First Avenger) is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon.

"Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us," says Peter Jackson. "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."

He adds: "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 Oakensheild. 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."

Rounding out the Company of Dwarves are Aidan Turner (TV's "Being Human") and Rob Kazinsky (TVs "EastEnders") who play Kili and Fili, respectively. Jackson comments, "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; I'm looking forward to seeing the damage he can do to a horde of marauding Goblins!" He continues, "Adian is a wonderfully gifted young actor who hails from Ireland. I'm sure he will bring enormous heart and humor to the role of Kili."

The remaining dwarves will be played by Graham McTavish (Secretariat and TV's "24") as Dwalin; John Callen (TV's "Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin; Stephen Hunter (TV's "All Saints") as Bombur; Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori; and Peter Hambleton (TV's "The Strip") as Gloin.

Jackson notes, "Graham is a terrific actor, with a great depth of experience, which I know he will bring to the role of "Dwalin. I have worked with Mark Hadlow on many projects; he is a fantastic actor. I am thrilled to be working with both of them on these movies. He adds, "I am also proud to announce the casting of New Zealand actors as Peter Hambleton, John Callen and Stephen Hunter. Fran and I know that they will bring great depth and talent to our Company of Dwarves."

The two "The Hobbit" films are being co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production, Warner Bros Pictures handling domestic distribution and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham are producing the films, with Phillipa Boyens serving as co-producer and Ken Kamins as executive producer.

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redhairs99 10/22/2010 8:14:38 AM

I would have loved to have seen David Tennett as Bilbo, but this is still great news!  Martin Freeman was my second choice and I haven't seen anything I didn't like him in, so this will be AWESOME!

ddiaz28 10/22/2010 8:35:49 AM

As I said in the other thread, perfect choice.  He just has that "hobbit" look about him.  The way he delivers his lines and his style of comedy will really suit the character.  I honestly can't picture the other actors in my head, but hopefully they'll all be great.  I'm curious to see who they cast as Beorn.

ddiaz28 10/22/2010 8:36:58 AM

And I know McKellan has been talking a lot about being in the films but have the other actors from LOTR been confirmed?  Serkis, Weaving, Blanchett?

BryanWay 10/22/2010 9:14:18 AM

In terms of continuity with a character's look, I'd have to say they couldn't have done any better.

Freeman:  www.jaynedarcy.us/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/Martin_Freeman.jpg

Holm: www.nndb.com/people/438/000023369/holm-face.jpg

With Jackson's confirmation as director, this is news is even better. I can't wait!

lracors 10/22/2010 9:45:48 AM

Yes this is awesome news!

Hobbs 10/22/2010 10:10:41 AM

I'm very happy with this news.  I was hoping Ron Pearlman would get a part but as soon as Del Toro left I knew that wasn't going to happen.

Makes me wonder if Christopher Lee is going to be in it?  If they are branching off the Hobbit novel then there might be a part his character comes into play when he was still a good guy.

fallensbane 10/22/2010 10:14:06 AM

So excited now. Martin Freeman scream Bilbo, I can't wait.

krathwardroid 10/22/2010 11:11:07 AM

Martin Freeman is the right Bilbo. He has the personality and he also resembles Ian Holm. These Dwarves are going to be bad ass. Graham McTavish as Dwalin? Hell yeah! Pun intended! After the voice work he brought to Dante Alighieri in the Dante's Inferno video game, this is going to raise all kinds of it. :D 

I'm now interested to know who will voice Smaug. And yes, I second the notions on Christopher Lee, whether he'll be coming back or not. Last I heard, he wasn't going to be in this movie because he didn't feel like traveling all that way for a role at his age. 

krathwardroid 10/22/2010 11:15:27 AM

ddiaz28: From what I've read, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving are set to reprise their roles along with Ian McKellen. I don't know about Cate Blanchett, though. 

swisshammer 10/22/2010 11:35:56 AM

Me so happy!

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