When you think of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit, do you think of a 6 foot 2 British actor? Most of us don’t but that didn’t stop Matthew Goode from throwing his hat in the casting ring for the Guillermo del Toro adaptation. According to The One Ring, they’ve discovered that the Watchmen star recently auditioned for the coveted role of the film’s title character.

Matthew Goode isn’t a big star who you could easily recognize if you heard his name or even saw his face, so his attempt for this role isn’t that far fetched. According to a recent interview he’s well aware of his physical limitations when it comes to the character Bilbo Bobbins, but he thought he’d give it a shot anyway.

“Now he’s a father, Goode doesn’t even like traveling that much. But just before we met, he’d auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he’s not an obvious choice – ‘Look at the size of me for Christ’s sake!’ If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse – despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.”

Can we really blame him for trying to get in on some Hobbit action? Unfortunately, this means the creative team behind the film are still trying to nail down the right actor for the part, and it’s starting to get annoying. This must be how people felt in 1939 when the role of Scarlett O’Hara was being cast for Gone With the Wind. Can we hire an actor already?

Do you think Goode has a shot at a role in The Hobbit? Who do you think they should cast?