“I have the perfect actor for every character in the movie, but I don’t feel morally correct to saying who now that I’m not directing. But [about Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins] absolutely, 100%. I’m a huge fan of his. I love him in The Office and Love Actually.”
As far as his decision to leave the director’s chair of the two-part movie, GDT says:
“[It’s] a hard thing when you’ve spent two years on a movie and it’s going nowhere”.
News courtesy of Simon Reynolds over at Digital Spy.