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Hobbit casting happens

12.07.2009

While we probably won't hear official names for a while longer, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson are now searching for humans to become small for their live-action adaptation(s) of Tolkien's THE HOBBIT.

Wide auditions commence this week for every role in the film (except Gandalf, which Sir Ian McKellan incontrovertibly owns). Jackson dismissed earlier rumors that James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe or David Tennant (shame, that) had been approached to play diminutive adventurer Bilbo Baggins, stating "we are not really offering any roles to anybody until we’ve done a casting sweep."

"We want to find the right people," the lord of THE LORD OF THE RINGS further explains. "Casting someone to portray a hobbit is not as easy as you might imagine. They have to have a particular type of physical appearance and a sensibility. And the same with an elf or a dwarf. These are fantastical characters, but you’ve got to find the right people to play them, the right humans to translate these characters."

Jackson also denies recent speculation that the first movie will be delayed, claiming the back-to-back shooting will begin in April or May of 2010 for its targeted December 2011 release, with the second part due a year later.

Extra Tidbit: The creation of digital character Gollum started nearly a decade ago. Given WETA's tech advancements since then, how realistic/insane will Smaug the Dragon look?
Source: Heat Vision

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10:26PM on 01/19/2010

Perfect Bilbo

After seeing the Office and Hitchhikers Guide Martin Freeman is Bilbo. MacAvoy would of made a good Frodo but thats been done.Tennant maybe an elf ,Maguire no chance. Freeman is a good actor but not a massive name, has excellent comedic as well as serious acting ability. He also looks the part. It's a no brainer Freeman is The Hobbit.
After seeing the Office and Hitchhikers Guide Martin Freeman is Bilbo. MacAvoy would of made a good Frodo but thats been done.Tennant maybe an elf ,Maguire no chance. Freeman is a good actor but not a massive name, has excellent comedic as well as serious acting ability. He also looks the part. It's a no brainer Freeman is The Hobbit.
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9:31AM on 12/09/2009
Martin Freeman is PERFECT!
Martin Freeman is PERFECT!
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9:11PM on 12/08/2009

COME ON !

MARTIN FREEMAN !!
MARTIN FREEMAN !!
MARTIN FREEMAN !!
MARTIN FREEMAN !!
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5:40PM on 12/08/2009

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Same question was raised a bout Shelob and she just looked like a big ass spider. I think Smaug will look like a Draco the dragon (sans Sean Connery)
Same question was raised a bout Shelob and she just looked like a big ass spider. I think Smaug will look like a Draco the dragon (sans Sean Connery)
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1:49PM on 12/08/2009
They need to hurry up and get this done! I went through terrible LOTR withdrawal and need this movie ready to go ASAP!
They need to hurry up and get this done! I went through terrible LOTR withdrawal and need this movie ready to go ASAP!
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7:55AM on 12/08/2009

Please Please Please

be Martin Freeman
be Martin Freeman
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6:45AM on 12/08/2009

cannot wait

I'm really looking forward for this film!! hope it's as good or, if possible, better than LOTR's.

Simon Pegg for Bilbo
I'm really looking forward for this film!! hope it's as good or, if possible, better than LOTR's.

Simon Pegg for Bilbo
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6:06AM on 12/08/2009
If this film is anything like the other ones then it's going to be epic!
If this film is anything like the other ones then it's going to be epic!
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2:32AM on 12/08/2009

I have a good feeling about this

It's a shame that they're not using Ian Holm, since he played Bilbo in the LotR movies, but I'm sure he's too old to pull off the action sequences.

But I have a feeling Jackson and Del Toro will make a great choice; the LotR casting was absolutely inspired.
It's a shame that they're not using Ian Holm, since he played Bilbo in the LotR movies, but I'm sure he's too old to pull off the action sequences.

But I have a feeling Jackson and Del Toro will make a great choice; the LotR casting was absolutely inspired.
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11:43PM on 12/07/2009
I think that we as the audience should take this as a compliment that they want to give us the perfect cast with no exceptions. It's so awesome to know that The Hobbit team is treating this movie with as much care and respect as the original trilogy... and we know how great that turned out.

Pretty cool news.
I think that we as the audience should take this as a compliment that they want to give us the perfect cast with no exceptions. It's so awesome to know that The Hobbit team is treating this movie with as much care and respect as the original trilogy... and we know how great that turned out.

Pretty cool news.
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4:56AM on 12/08/2009
Couldn't agree more. Guys, you take as long as you need.
Couldn't agree more. Guys, you take as long as you need.
11:34PM on 12/07/2009

Martin Freeman

I mean, just look at him!
I mean, just look at him!
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10:03PM on 12/07/2009
Middle Earthlings Only
Middle Earthlings Only
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