Who Will Play Bilbo Baggins?
The official release date for The Hobbit movies is not the only thing that remains uncertain at this point in production (or at least unknown to public). There have been many rumors as well as some actors who have come forward and said that they have auditioned for the part of Bilbo Baggins. However, there still yet remains to be an official announcement of the the actor. Of course, there are many rumors of who may be the lucky hobbit, but those rarely pan out to be fact. Here are some of those rumored:
This was the favorite out of the gates. McAvoy has been praised in some of his recent acting roles (Last King of Scotland, Wanted) and also bears the “hobbit look” to go with it. The innocence of Frodo is not necessarily the same look they are looking for Bilbo. The Hobbit does entail quite a bit more hobbit combat scenes with Bilbo, so a bit more edge in the character may be appropriate. However, McAvoy has time and time again strongly denied any allegations that he is casted as the role.
Mr. Harry Potter himself. Sure, he’s English and has gained superior notoriety through Harry Potter. He’s about the right height, however with today’s technology that is not much of a factor. Radcliff would be a safe pick, but probably wouldn’t turn any heads at the end of the day. In addition to that, I don’t know if he will ever be able to shake the “Harry Potter” out of him.
A popular UK newspaper, The Sun, announced that Tobey Maguire was announced for the role. This would make sense as it conveniently matched the timeline of him leaving the Spider-Man franchise just prior to filming its 4th film. There were also reported statements from Maguire saying that “I would not take my name out of the equation.” This rumor was quickly denied by Maguire’s rep and stated that it was not the case. Maguire definitely matches the look of the hobbit role, but is a bit older and lacks the English charisma.
Goode announced to the UK Daily Telegraph that he indeed auditioned for the part of Bilbo, but cautioned that he was one of many who has auditioned. Goode recently starred in Watchmen and is on the upswing of his acting career. He was pretty certain that he would not play the part, but it shows what type of actor they are looking far.
I have heard from sources close to the movie that many who have auditioned for the part of Bilbo have been lesser known actors. My personal opinion is that we will be surprised by who plays the part. I know Guillermo pretty well and I know his taste in actors. He is less pleased with familiarity and more pleased with filling the needed role. In fact, sometimes he prefers a less known person. This role would be perfect for a new actor. Much like Sam Worthington did in Avatar, a new actor can create a unique dynamic to the character that allows to really focus on Bilbo. Don’t be surprised to see a new or less known face as the role of Bilbo. We should know soon enough.
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