From SFX, we’ve got a first peak at some of the confirmed casting choices for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit. The big one, of course, is:

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Martin Freeman, officially cast as Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman, officially cast as Bilbo Baggins

Martin Freeman is Bilbo as everyone expected. “Despite the various rumors and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” says Peter Jackson. “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. 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.”

Absolutely spot-on perfect casting. I know him mostly for his role in Love Actually, but he’s got all the charm and lightheartedness to play Bilbo.

Also announced:

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Aidan Turner as Kili

Aidan Turner as Kili

Rob Kazinsky as Fili

Rob Kazinsky as Fili

Graham McTavish as Dwalin

Graham McTavish as Dwalin

I’ll admit that I expected the Dwarves to be older actors (despite Kili and Fili being the younguns of the group, Thorin’s certainly an old guy), but the makeup and costume will make all the difference (and we know WETA, Jackson’s production company, will come through there!) And, hey, casting a guy named Aidan can’t hurt.

Also cast, but without photos available through Google Images, are Stephen Hunter as Bombur, John Callen as Oin, Peter Hambleton as Gloin and Mark Hadlow as Dori.

With Peter Jackson back on board, all they need to do is round up Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis and work out the kinks so that the film(s?) can be filmed in New Zealand again! Oh, what am I thinking… it’s going to be a long wait until filming starts in February, 2011.

  • Andrew Liptak October 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I am very happy to see that Martn will be Bilbo. He’s a fantastic actor – I’m still hoping that we’ll get David Tennant on as someone.

  • Gabriele October 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Too bad they’re going to hide Richard Armitage’s hotness behind a Gimli beard. ;)

  • Roxy October 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Holy juiceboxes, Richard Armitage! Wheee! I agree with Gabriele’s comment, but still: !!!

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  • Tom Swift October 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Until I saw Sherlock I wasn’t sure Martin Freeman would ever escape the Shadow of ‘the Office’ but now i’m sure he’ll be fantastic.

    Aiden Turner was excellent in BBC3s ‘Being Human’ last year, playing a vampire doing his best (and failing) at being human. Richard Armitage has history playing the bad guy in Robin Hood.

    There are rumours about Sylvestor McCoy being offered a role. it seems that Peter Jackson is soaking up a ‘lot’ of British talent, both old and new. Aren’t there going to be any yanks in this?

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