For weeks it’s been speculated, and now today it has been officially confirmed: Martin Freeman will be playing Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
If you’re unfamiliar with Freeman’s work, he has recently been on British TV as Dr. John Watson in the hit show Sherlock (do get a chance to watch it because the first season was fantastic). For all you hoopy froods, you’d remember him as Arthur Dent in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie, and he was also Tim Canterbury in the original version of The Office in the UK.
In addition to the confirmation of Freeman, it was also released that Richard Armitage will be playing Thorin Oakenshield. The name Richard Armitage might sound familiar as he is slated to also star in the upcoming Captain America movie as Heinz Krueger. Armitage also played the Guy of Gisbourne in the UK series Robin Hood.
Also, we were given casting for some other supporting members like Aidan Turner and Robert Kazinsky as Kili and Fili, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin, and John Callen as Oin.
Gamers might be familiar with the name Graham McTavish as he’s voiced many characters ranging from Dante in EA’s Dante’s Inferno, Arl Eamon in Dragon Age: Origins, and most recently provided the voice for Viktor Barisov in Singularity.
With The Hobbit slated to start filming next February, are you guys excited to return to the Middle Earth?