Amidst all the production drama surrounding The Hobbit we’ve got some great news! Peter Jackson has finally revealed the full cast for the prequel, which confirms the reports surrounding British star Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins. Yes, the former cast member from BBC’s “The Office” has landed the coveted role of the title character. See who else will be joining the party…
The cast currently stands as:
- Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins
- Richard Armitage (MI-5) as Thorin Oakenshield
- Aidan Turner (Being Human) as Kili
- Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) Fili
- Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
- John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) as Oin
- Stephen Hunter (All Saints) as Bombur
- Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
- Peter Hambleton (The Strip) as Gloin
Here’s a snippet of the official press release sent out by Warner Bros and New Line where Jackson explains why he chose Freeman to play the lead in the film.
“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.”
Despite all the drama surrounding the New Zealand production, Jackson still hired several of its native actors to star in primary roles. According to the director, “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.”
We’re still not sure if The Hobbit will film in NZ, because the studio is currently weighing their options. We’ll let you know as soon as they make a decision. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2011.
What do you think of the casting of The Hobbit?