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First Hobbit Casting Announcements!!!

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Now that the film has gotten the greenlight and Hobbit drama has calmed down, the fun Hobbit updates can begin!

The lead character, Bilbo Baggins, will be played by Martin Freeman! You probably remember him as the endearing adult film actor from Love Actually. He's also appeared as Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. We think he's great for this role.

Here are some other major casting announcements:

-Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves

-Aidan Turner (Being Human) and Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) as Dwarves Kili and 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

Rumored cast members include Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, and Bill Nighy are also on Peter Jackson's radar.

What do U think of these casting choices? Do U think they made the right choice for Bilbo Baggins?

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16 comments to “First Hobbit Casting Announcements!!!”



  1. 1

    He should look at BookLoversdating and see if he can hook up.



  2. 2

    He'd totally make a good Bilbo!!!!



  3. 3

    He is going to be an Epic Bilbo!! I love him already.



  4. 4

    Awesome choices! It's interesting because everyone will be "short" in the main group, so less worrying about size effects. :)



  5. 5

    I'm so happy for Aiden–great actor and so very charismatic. Awesome!



  6. 6

    he also played "jim" the british version of the Office. love him!!



  7. 7

    Love this guy and glad to see him as Bilbo. He'll be awesome. Andy Serkis is just fantastic and needs more recognition. Love all the rest of them too: No one can pull off Gandalf like McKellan. No one. Okay, yes I am a big 'ol Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan and can't wait for this one.



  8. 8

    Amazing, amazing cast - I almost exploded of squee when I read the press release this morning that Richard Armitage AND Aidan Turner were cast - I don't know how the screen will hold so much talent and beauty!



  9. 9

    AHHHHHHH OMG OMG OMG RICHARD AND AIDAN WILL BE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THEM



  10. 10

    Re: caffeinatedangel – I KNOW RIGHT!!! I CANT BARELY CONTAIN MYSELF IM SO HAPPY THEY ARE IN!



  11. 11

    Finally!!!! Can't wait for this movie!!!!!!!



  12. 12

    Richard Armitage!!!! Bloody inspired choice!!



  13. 13

    Yes he will be an excellent Bilbo. Freeman is totally hilarious as Ali G's sidekick in Ali G indahouse. Great choice by filmmakers. As for RICHARD ARMITAGE!!!! BRILLIANT AND INSPIRED CHOICE as Thorin. Richard Armitage = TOTAL HEARTTHROB. Get ready North America for an onslaught of Richard Armitage coming very soon. OMG see BBC's North & South (by Elizabeth Gaskell NOT the Swayze one) if you want to be convniced. ROACHARD ARMITAGE OMG Thorin is going to be such a BABE in the Hobbit.



  14. 14

    i cant wait! martin freeman is always excellent, aiden turner is brilliant in being human and its good to see rob kazinsky doing something after eastenders, especially something as huge as this



  15. 15

    I haven't seen any of his previous work, but I think his photo looks like the Bilbo I always imagined. LOL



  16. 16

    Rob Kazinsky: jizz!!

    He was awesome as Capser in Dream Team, not so great in Eastenders