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Simon Pegg all but Confirms Martin Freeman as Bilbo? UPDATE

October 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm by xoanon  - 

Shawn sends along this interview with the amazing Simon Pegg, when asked about his Hollywood friends he mentions Martin Freeman and drops this serious bomb, does this mean an announcement is pending?

“Martin’s the anti-me: a soul aficionado and a vinyl junkie – absolutely not a resident of the geek universe. Not the type of person who will relish the attention he’ll get for being Bilbo Baggins. Ha!”

UPDATE: Simon posted this on Twitter this morning. “Woah, woah, woah I did NOT confirm Martin Freeman was in The Hobbit. As far as I know, talks are ongoing. Hope he is. Great choice.”

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Martin Freeman on October 16, 2010 by

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12 responses to “Simon Pegg all but Confirms Martin Freeman as Bilbo? UPDATE”

  1. Sam Ferrara says:

    He might just be late to the party regarding the news that Freeman couldn’t accept the role =

  2. Osrevad says:

    This doesn’t mean anything. He probably misheard the rumors. I’m not saying he’s wrong, but if he is right it’s only by chance.

  3. Where did you read that Freeman could not accept? Recent?

  4. I’m good w/Martin Freeman as Bilbo – I would like to see Ian Holm somehow, someway. Something. Old Took cameo? Yes. Fran Walsh as Belladonna – it’s only right.

  5. Slugs82 says:

    John Le Mesurier will be great as Bilbo. oh wait..

  6. Mark says:

    According to this article in the Telegraph (UK) on 15 October, Martin Freeman turned down the part.

  7. Lawrenceb says:

    From twitter:


    “Woah, woah, woah I did NOT confirm Martin Freeman was in The Hobbit. As far as I know, talks are ongoing. Hope he is. Great choice.”

  8. rings says:

    That article was posted here a week ago or so. We already know he turned it down initially, but he says there’s still a way to work things out and he would “give it a go” if the schedule is settled.

  9. Jam says:

    he did not say there is a way. He said if there is a way he will do it. Very different.

  10. Doesn’t look like this one’s true. Simon Pegg himself wouldn’t be a bad choice, were it not for the fact that he looks nothing at all like Ian Holm. Who else would be a good Bilbo?

  11. rings says:

    Yeah, i omitted the “if” but that’s what i was trying to say. I did say If the schedule is settled though.

  12. reader says:

    some casting rumors posted as comments to this article:

    Martin Freeman- Bilbo
    Ian McKellan- Gandalf
    Andy Serkis- Gollum
    Sylvester McCoy- Radagast
    James Nesbitt- Bard
    Brian Cox-Thorin Oakenshield
    Hugo Weaving- Elrond
    Charles Dance- Thranduil
    Ron Perlman- Beorn
    Michael Fassbender-Gloin
    Brian Blessed- Balin
    Bruce Payne-Dwalin
    Michael Ironside- Bombur
    Malcolm McDowell (voice of) – Smaug
    Alfred Molina-Troll 1
    Pete Postlethwaite- Troll 2
    David Warner-Troll 3

    Posted by: Theodor | 10/16/2010 at 09:11 AM

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