Martin Freeman Could (and Might) Play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit
Posted 09.09.10 by Ryan
British actor Martin Freeman, known stateside for his role in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the role of Tim on the British version of The Office, could land the lead role in the upcoming, two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. EW reports that, despite a story from British newspaper The Sun stating that Freeman had to turn down the role due to his commitment to the BBC show Sherlock Holmes, "sources close to The Hobbit production" revealed that Freeman is still being pursued for the role and that accommodations would be made for his schedule.
While the Freeman report is certainly favorable news, there's no mention of how studio MGM is planning to climb out of its Lonely Mountain-sized debt. The prolonged situation led director Guillermo del Toro to abandon the project, but a report from The LA Times shows that the end may be near.
According to the report, Spyglass Entertainment signed a non-binding letter of intent yesterday to manage MGM after they restructure $4 billion dollars worth of debt through the bankruptcy process. What does that mean exactly? That The Hobbit, and the untitled sequel James Bond 23, might depart from the limbo each has faced for months.
It also means that Freeman might be a real possibility for the role of Baggins, who leads a group of dwarves into a dragon's lair to retrieve the treasure within. It may also keep the production in line with its tentative December 2012 release date.