The UK tabloid The Sun recently reported that Martin Freeman was in talks to play Bilbo Baggins in the supposedly upcoming Hobbit movies (if they ever escape the collapsing black hole that is MGM), but had turned it down to continue in the BBC series Sherlock. But now, Entertainment Weekly is quoting anonymous sources that say that Freeman is still in talks to play the diminutive part and they’ve created a schedule that would let Freeman shoot both projects.
It’s no doubt that Freeman would make a great Bilbo (he even looks like a young Ian Holms) and this would certainly cement him in the pantheon of great nerd-property actors, following his lead in Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy and his bit parts in Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.
I want more like this!
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