Freeman favourite for Hobbit role

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Martin FreemanAfter what seems like an eternity of uncertainty The Hobbit looks like it’s finally set to begin filming, with Peter Jackson directing and quite possibly Sherlock star Martin Freeman in the lead role.

Last week it was confirmed that Peter Jackson would be thankfully directing The Hobbit when filming begins in New Zealand in February 2011. Now that seems to have been determined thoughts have once again returned to casting.

Andy Serkis and Ian McKellan are fully expected to reprise their roles as Gollum and Gandalf respectively, and it seems The Office and Hitchhikers actor Martin Freeman is once again in the frame for playing Bilbo Baggins.

Freeman told Empire earlier this month that he had been forced to turn down the part of Bilbo when it had been offered to him, due to filming commitments for the second series of Sherlock. It is believed that now the production dates for The Hobbit have been finalised Freeman will be able to work around his other commitments and his part as Bilbo is virtually a done deal.

Other Hobbit casting news comes in the shape of old Cold Feet face himself, James Nesbitt. Nesbitt has apparently been offered a part in the film, and the rumours are that the part is Bofur, one of the dwarves who accompany Bilbo and Gandalf on their journey.

Another rumour flying around is that former Doctor Who David Tennant is still in with a shot of appearing in The Hobbit. Tennant was previously linked with the part of Bilbo, but now it is believed he will be offered a smaller role in the film. There has been no more news about the other Scottish Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, who was also linked to the part of Bilbo but has since revealed he is being cast in the film but clearly not in the title role. It is speculated that the 7th Doctor will be playing a wizard.

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