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Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo Baggins in THE HOBBIT; Michael Fassbender, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant also being considered for roles

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
October 16th, 2010

It's funny to think that a mere two weeks ago, the likelihood of seeing THE HOBBIT on the big screen was quickly diminishing. MGM was still facing financial troubles, we weren't sure whether or not Peter Jackson would return to direct, and cynicism was building. Well, as of this past week THE HOBBIT has gotten its green light. Thus, the film has seen some quick movement due to its February production date.

I'm pretty stoked to see THE HOBBIT gaining such steam after its very recent green light. It's pretty astonishing that they've already lined up their all-too critical protagonist; what's more awesome is that they're considering some other great names for the other roles. Hit the jump for the full list of names!

Well, the highly coveted role of Bilbo in THE HOBBIT has been snagged by British TV star Martin Freeman, whose work in The Office and Sherlock had previously kept him from committing to the role. However, it looks like those time constraints have all but evaporated and Freeman is ready for some hairy-footed fun.

However, it's when names like Michael Fassbender (FISH TANK and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) pop up that my anticipation reaches new heights. His name, along with David Tennant (Dr. Who) and James Nesbitt (OUTCAST and THE WAY) are being tossed around for roles in the two-part epic. I'm only left to wonder what characters these three could possibly play, considering Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are supposedly returning to their roles of Gandalf and Gollum. It's been about a decade since I've read the book, but could they use some fancy computer movie-magic to make these three men into dwarfs? Or could these three be the giants Bilbo and his team run into along their journey? Or perhaps elves?

Rather than speculate too much, I'll just say that these are some awesome names to see attached to THE HOBBIT - even if it is only speculation.

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