MGM And New Line Fighting To Have Martin Freeman As The New Bilbo Baggins
A rumor broke out yesterday courtesy of the British tabloid The Sun regarding Martin Freeman's potential casting in The Hobbit and I was quick to dismiss the story as fabrication, thanks in large part to their incredibly horrendous track record. As it turns out, I may have been a little bit too vitriolic, as the story is partially true, but, per usual, the newspaper failed to do their due diligence.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that while Martin Freeman was forced to say no to The Hobbit because of his commitments to the BBC show Sherlock Holmes, he's not out of the running yet. According to the story, New Line and MGM have organized a schedule that would allow Freeman to do both projects without interference. If Freeman thinks it can work, than we may have found our new Bilbo Baggins.
From the sound of it, the studios are really high on the idea of Freeman playing the role, but how can they possibly have a schedule available when the movie is still without a production date or a director? MGM still hasn't been sold (though they are coming close) and doesn't have the money to back the project. Perhaps something has happened that we are yet to be aware of, good news for any Lord of the Rings fan.
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