When you’ve a well respected actor that everyone thinks is great, there will always be rumors about what you might do next. For James McAvoy, those rumors include playing Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, and a more recent rumor that he’s going to star as Ian Fleming in a biopic that Animus Films is developing.
But according to McAvoy, it’s all rumors and nothing more. Regarding the Ian Fleming movie, McAvoy says he read the script a long time ago but he never spoke with the producers, so he doesn’t know where the story originates from. He also denies The Hobbit story.
Thanks to Grey Pilgrim and others for the link! From collider.com : Niall Browne, Collider’s guy in London, just emailed me from the Wanted junket in London where James McAvoy said, “it’s not true by the way, it’s all internet rumoring and nothing else I’m afraid. Sorry.” He, of course, was referring to the internet rumors that he’ll be playing Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit movies. James McAvoy says he’s NOT Going to be a HOBBIT
From nzherald.co.nz: Scots actor James McAvoy is in talks to star in the new US$100 million ($131 million) Dam Busters film, it was reported today. The Scottish actor, who is tipped for an Oscar for his role as Robbie Turner in Atonement, has met director Christian Rivers and producers David Frost and Peter Jackson, the Daily Mail newspaper reports. ..The film, which may also star Ian McKellen as scientist Barnes Wallis, will be shot in Wellington, using replica Lancaster bombers built in China.