Del ToroReporter Jussi Ahlroth from Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat sends us an email today detailing a conversation with Guillermo Del Toro’s casting director, Jeremy Zimmerman.

“I met today Jeremy Zimmerman, who has done the casting for Guillermo Del Toro’s four films. He’s known Del Toro four six years and says they are “mates”. I asked him if Del Toro will direct The Hobbit. He was a bit taken back, almost surprised that I would even ask. “Yes, yes, he’s doing it.” After a while he said: “He’s got the Ring”, and smiled.”

Chalk this up as further proof that Del Toro is going to be directing ‘The Hobbit’ films. Thanks to Jussi for sending along the tip and great news! [Jussi’s Blog]