Peter Jackson has found his Bilbo Baggins, a role that will encapsulate the two movies that will make up The Hobbit.
According to Indyposted:
The studios behind the much-anticipated upcoming epic movie “The Hobbit” signed British actor Martin Freeman star as Bilbo Baggins in the two-part prequel.
Jackson released a statement in which he basically says Freeman was the only option from the start:
“Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us.”
Baggins fellow comrades have also been announced with British actor Richard Armitage playing Thoris Oakenshield; Aiden turner and Rob Kizinski as Kili and Fili; Graham McTavish as Dwalin; John Callen as Oin; Stephen Hunter as Bombur; Mark Hadlow as Dori; and Peter Hambleton as Gloin. There’s no word on whether or not Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis
Filming begins in February 2011 and as we reported earlier, Peter Jackson will not film The Hobbit in New Zealand.