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Martin Freeman Set For The Hobbit; Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbenbder & David Tennant Also In Talks

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Christian

With yesterday’s announcement that The Hobbit has finally been given the greenlight, here are some updates on the casting!

First of all, the casting for The Hobbit is well underway, so all of this could change the next day.

So, yesterday it was announced that The Hobbit will begin production in February, 2011 for a 2012 release date. Peter Jackson is confirmed as a director and now here are couple of casting news.

It was previously reported that British actor Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins, but then the actor himself said that he is not sure if he will be able to star in the movie since he is working on the new BBC TV show Sherlock. Now, it looks like that they have managed to resolve the scheduling issuses and the actor is set to play that role.

Along Freeman, three new roles have been offered to David Tennant (who was rumored for awhile now), Michael Fassbender (he plays “Magneto” in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class) and Jimmy Nesbitt.

From Deadline:

“Things must be getting close on The Hobbit, because casting buzz is getting strong in Hollywood. Word is Martin Freeman will soon be set to play Bilbo Baggins, that Jimmy Nesbitt has been offered a role and that Michael Fassbender is being pursued for another as is David Tennant.”

Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan will probably return for the 3D prequels, so stay tuned for the updates…

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