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James Nesbitt has ‘Major’ Hobbit Role?

October 16, 2010 at 10:09 am by Altaira  - 

Message board member ranger123 alerted us to a article from Oct 3 stating that COLD feet and Murphy’s Law star James Nesbitt is making plans to pack up his family and move to New Zealand, having secured a ‘major’ role in “The Hobbit.”

Nesbitt, 45, and actress wife Sonia Forbes-Adam, also 45, have talked to their daughters Peggy, 12, and Mary, eight, about the benefits of staying on to make a fresh start. The Northern Irish star believes it will be good for his career and family life. A source said: “‘The Hobbit’ was always going to mean a long stay in New Zealand for James and he wanted his family around him.”

Now that “The Hobbit” has been green lit to start production in February, expect casting news such as this to fill the front page here at regularly. What part do *you* think Nesbitt is referring to? Bard, or one of the dwarves, are theories we’ve heard. Click the “Discuss” link below to share your opinion.

Update: rumor circulating around the internet this weekend (prompted by a Pajiba twitter) is that the role Nesbitt was offered is that of the dwarf Bofur. Bofur is the brother of the heavy-set dwarf, Bombur, and cousin of the dwarf Bifur.

Posted in Casting Rumors, Hobbit Movie, Rumors Spy News, The Hobbit on October 16, 2010 by
Source: James Nesbitt has ‘Major’ Hobbit Role? | Discuss

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11 responses to “James Nesbitt has ‘Major’ Hobbit Role?”

  1. Stan says:

    I thought that Bruce Payne was playing Bard!

  2. Josiah Graf says:

    he looks like he could make a good Thorin.

  3. Brazilianick says:

    yes, Beorn! That’s the name! Thank you!

  4. Slugs82 says:

    Thranduil or Troll possibly

  5. Anonymous says:

    No offense or anything, but I completely disagree. I always imagined Bard as being very similar to a ranger which, in my opinion, means he would need to be a bit younger and definitely more energetic/athletic.
    James Nesbitt does not fit that description at all…….but you never know, that may very well be his part.
    I also wouldn’t use him as a dwarf because he doesn’t naturally have that proud, stubborn characteristic. So I have a feeling it would be something completely different.

    Beside, when it comes to the dwarves, there are so many amazing actors out their that are PERFECT for the roles……..(Brian Cox, Brian Blessed, and Brendan Gleeson are all on my wish-list)

  6. Jason says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see how they make 13 dwarves unique and different enough from each other to recognize them throughout the movie.

  7. Tauriel says:

    I think he’d make a wonderful Bard. After all, in the book he’s described as “grim faced and grim voiced”, which fits Nesbitt perfectly.

  8. elessar says:

    Definitely Beorn

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