"Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin Freeman. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave - exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit."
Director Peter Jackson
The cast of the Hobbit will also includes:
- Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Dwarves, whose grandfather ruled the Lonely Mountain settlement destroyed by Smaug.
- Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky as Kili and Fili, nephews of Thorin.
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin, blue-bearded, first to arrive at the home of Bilbo Baggins.
- John Callen as Oin, skillful fire-maker. Brother of Gloin.
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur, the fat, sleepy and slow member of Thorin’s company.
Mark Hadlow as Dori, strongest of the Dwarves, who carries Bilbo on his back at one point.
- Peter Hambleton as Gloin, brother of Oin, initially suspicious of Bilbo’s worth, but eventually convinced. Father of Gimli from The Lord of the Rings.
More details about the Hobbit soon.