gandalf the hobbit

Sir Ian McKellen is probably one of the few people who’ll make the transition from The Lord of the Rings to The Hobbit. The award winning actor made a recent appearance at London’s BFI IMAX cinema event where they held a Lord of the Rings marathon. While in the presence of the film’s die hard fans, he gave some casting updates on The Hobbit including the status of Bilbo Baggins! More below.

According to /Film, McKellen told the attending audience that he will be returning to his role as Gandalf in the upcoming feature. Filming starts early next year in March, and he will be on set ready for action. The biggest news he spewed that night had to do with the central Hobbit character Bilbo Baggins. He stated that the role had been cast and he believes fans will be “very, very pleased.” Who could it be?

I’m sticking with my original theory of James McAvoy. I can see him as the character through and through. He’s got the talent, the look, and the charisma to carry a film of this stature on his shoulders. The last time I checked, the script for The Hobbit was nearing completion, which is good news considering the March start date. I hope James made the cut, if not him then who?

Who do you think has been cast as Bilbo Baggins in The Bobbit?