Isn’t it convenient that once Tobey Maguire‘s connection to Spider-Man was severed, old casting rumors began to resurface? According to multiple sources, Maguire is once again in the running for the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Guillermo del Toro adaptation of The Hobbit. This isn’t the fist time this story has reared its head, months ago the actor was seen as a possible candidate but Spider-Man 4 kept getting in the way.

There have been two recent reports regarding Maguire’s casting as Baggins, one came from the non reputable Sun, and the other was from John Campea’s (AMC Entertainment) Twitter. Apparently, the actor signed on ASAP after Spider-Man was given the shaft. The Sun continued to say that del Toro and producer Peter Jackson have been after him for months to star in the film but to no avail. According to Campea, he’s been told by a close source to the Hobbit camp that Maguire’s casting is a done deal.

He stated, “I have been personally told by a source very close to Guillermo del Toro that it’s true… Tobey Maguire IS The Hobbit.”

We don’t know who to believe. Of course Maguire would be a perfect fit for the role, because he’s naturally short and shaggy without the help of makeup. Also it would make logical sense, now that he’s currently unemployed. No official statement has been released from the actor or the studio so this is still strong speculation. We’ll let you know when the deal is sealed.

Do you think Tobey Maguire would make a great Bilbo Baggins?