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Hobbit casting rumors

07.16.2009

Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson are gearing up for their live-action adaptation(s) of THE HOBBIT, and they have undoubtedly been giving serious thought to an appropriate (and available) actor for diminutive adventurer Bilbo Baggins.

Word has it that the grand announcement may be delivered at Comic Con, but why not guess right now? The LA Times has tossed out a few names for the part, including the oft-mentioned James McAvoy (WANTED, CHRONICLES OF NARNIA), kid-wizard Daniel Radcliffe (HARRY POTTER, yeah), and an intriguing new submission: recent Dr. Who David Tennant.

While Radcliffe seems unlikely (his fantasy franchise committal remains at Hogwart's) and McAvoy has been a fan favorite, Tennant could be a dark horse to be shrunken into Tolkein's little wanderer -- not only does he seem to have a fairly open post-Who schedule (which he'd need for the projects' considerable involvement), but he also happens to be attending Comic Con next week for "Dr. Who". Hmmm.

Extra Tidbit: Tennant shared the screen with fellow theoretical hobbit Radcliffe as Barty Crouch Junior in GOBLET OF FIRE.
Source: LA Times

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8:31PM on 07/23/2009
MARTIN FREEMAN. Stop goofing around and cast him already.
MARTIN FREEMAN. Stop goofing around and cast him already.
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10:16AM on 07/19/2009

Hobbit Casting Rumors

Tell me if I'm wrogn but wouldn't Jamie Bell be great candidate for this role as well. He has the spritey personality yet the seemingly mature ambiance about him as well. Just a thought
Tell me if I'm wrogn but wouldn't Jamie Bell be great candidate for this role as well. He has the spritey personality yet the seemingly mature ambiance about him as well. Just a thought
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7:00AM on 07/18/2009
I would like to cast a vote for Andy Nyman to play Bilbo Baggins.
I would like to cast a vote for Andy Nyman to play Bilbo Baggins.
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12:47PM on 07/17/2009

I have a solution that will please everyone.

We just need a DeLorean with a flux capacitor and the location of Ian Holm on July 17th, 1987.
We just need a DeLorean with a flux capacitor and the location of Ian Holm on July 17th, 1987.
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11:40AM on 07/17/2009
I'm not a fan of Mcavoy, and I haven't seen Tennant in much. I would most like Freeman to get the role.
I'm not a fan of Mcavoy, and I haven't seen Tennant in much. I would most like Freeman to get the role.
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11:14AM on 07/17/2009

sucks

james mcavoy sucks. wanted was one of the worst movies i ever seen and was absolutely terrible in it.
james mcavoy sucks. wanted was one of the worst movies i ever seen and was absolutely terrible in it.
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10:45AM on 07/17/2009
I think this is one of those things where we just get them all and a room and let them battle for it.

I like all of them. I can see Freeman being a bit more hobbit-ish though, even after McAvoy played Mr. Tumnus.
I think this is one of those things where we just get them all and a room and let them battle for it.

I like all of them. I can see Freeman being a bit more hobbit-ish though, even after McAvoy played Mr. Tumnus.
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10:39AM on 07/17/2009
good thing DelToro is handling this, cause storywise Jackson&co. sure needs some reining in. And they better give the trolls some big noses this time.
good thing DelToro is handling this, cause storywise Jackson&co. sure needs some reining in. And they better give the trolls some big noses this time.
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9:02AM on 07/17/2009
Tennant also has a slight "Holm" look going for him.
Tennant also has a slight "Holm" look going for him.
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6:13AM on 07/17/2009

Here's the thing about Martin Freeman...

While he definitely has the perfect looks for the role, he is just a little TOO comedic in my mind. I know THE HOBBIT is a lot lighter in tone than the trilogy, and that Bilbo is actually quite a funny character in general, but I really can't shake the idea that Freeman’s association with comedy will undermine the seriousness of the film. Imagine his face on the poster with a surprised expression… it’ll seem like wacky comedy.

David Tennant though? Now that's an interesting choice I never
While he definitely has the perfect looks for the role, he is just a little TOO comedic in my mind. I know THE HOBBIT is a lot lighter in tone than the trilogy, and that Bilbo is actually quite a funny character in general, but I really can't shake the idea that Freeman’s association with comedy will undermine the seriousness of the film. Imagine his face on the poster with a surprised expression… it’ll seem like wacky comedy.

David Tennant though? Now that's an interesting choice I never considered.
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3:56AM on 07/17/2009

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Pick Martin Freeman goddammit! Tennant is a great Dr Who but he's not a fit for Bilbo. Freeman has the right look and the right mix of comedic ability and vunerability to convince in the role. As a back up i'd prefer McAvoy but i'm dissapointed to hear Freeman's name not in the running thus far...
Pick Martin Freeman goddammit! Tennant is a great Dr Who but he's not a fit for Bilbo. Freeman has the right look and the right mix of comedic ability and vunerability to convince in the role. As a back up i'd prefer McAvoy but i'm dissapointed to hear Freeman's name not in the running thus far...
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3:25AM on 07/17/2009

Wow

I never thought of Tennant. But if it is him I will be very very happy. Love that guy.
I never thought of Tennant. But if it is him I will be very very happy. Love that guy.
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2:09AM on 07/17/2009
Oh please give it to Tennant! He's just absolutely terrific! Yeah, he's like six foot something, but if they can shrink John Rhys Davies, they'll have no problem shrinking The Doctor. Go Tennant!
Oh please give it to Tennant! He's just absolutely terrific! Yeah, he's like six foot something, but if they can shrink John Rhys Davies, they'll have no problem shrinking The Doctor. Go Tennant!
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12:48AM on 07/17/2009

OH YES!

While McAvoy would be awesome, I'm so hoping it's Tennant. He's just...the man.
While McAvoy would be awesome, I'm so hoping it's Tennant. He's just...the man.
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12:22AM on 07/17/2009
CAST JAMES MCAVOY GODDAMMIT
CAST JAMES MCAVOY GODDAMMIT
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12:08AM on 07/17/2009
I'm on the Martin Freeman train but I do think Tennant would be awesome for the part. I trust in the creative forces behind this in whatever choice they make.
I'm on the Martin Freeman train but I do think Tennant would be awesome for the part. I trust in the creative forces behind this in whatever choice they make.
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12:08AM on 07/17/2009

David Tennant?!

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Who fan and Tennant's my favourite actor in general, but that's a really unusual suggestion. Lots of shrinking would be required- the man is 6ft4 :P Great actor, but I imagine that McAvoy has this in the bag.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Who fan and Tennant's my favourite actor in general, but that's a really unusual suggestion. Lots of shrinking would be required- the man is 6ft4 :P Great actor, but I imagine that McAvoy has this in the bag.
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12:03AM on 07/17/2009
i fully expect these Hobbit films to be better than LotR. A lighter tone with a better filmmaker behind the camera.

As far as casting goes, i've always championed Martin Freeman (Hitchhicker's Guide, original Office, Love Actually) for Biblo. I think he is perfect. I really, really like the idea of David Tennant too. I absolutely hate the idea of James McAvory> I never minded him until Wanted, where he annoyed the crap out of me that kind of tainted his image.
i fully expect these Hobbit films to be better than LotR. A lighter tone with a better filmmaker behind the camera.

As far as casting goes, i've always championed Martin Freeman (Hitchhicker's Guide, original Office, Love Actually) for Biblo. I think he is perfect. I really, really like the idea of David Tennant too. I absolutely hate the idea of James McAvory> I never minded him until Wanted, where he annoyed the crap out of me that kind of tainted his image.
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11:42PM on 07/16/2009

High expectations

I have VERY high expectations for these 2 films because of the talent involved. I seriously doubt they will miscast this, so I'm up for whoever Jackson and Del Toro pick!!!!! BRING IT ON!!!
I have VERY high expectations for these 2 films because of the talent involved. I seriously doubt they will miscast this, so I'm up for whoever Jackson and Del Toro pick!!!!! BRING IT ON!!!
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11:41PM on 07/16/2009
David Tennant would be great. Him being cast makes me want to see the movie.
David Tennant would be great. Him being cast makes me want to see the movie.
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11:37PM on 07/16/2009
Dave is brilliant! I say give him a go!
Dave is brilliant! I say give him a go!
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