Guillermo Del Toro told MTV movies today that they would soon be announcing which actor would be replacing Ian Holm for The Hobbit movies. “I believe we’re very close now to saying one name” and he also added that an announcement was no more than a couple of weeks away.
In January Del Toro had said they had narrowed it down to 4 possible actors but none of the 4 were aware they were being considered.
Now Del Toro, Jackson and Co. have decided who they want but he says the actor in question has still not as yet been approached.
Keeping possible names to themselves has certainly worked with rumors being very thin on the ground and with the part of Bilbo Baggins being muted as ‘the role of the decade’ it’s hard to imagine any actor turning down the part so no worries for Del Toro there.
It must be a nice feeling knowing you can choose any actor in the world but it also comes with a lot of pressure. Who ever they choose, it’s not going to match everyone’s idea of Bilbo baggins.
You can see what Del Toro said about the part of Bilbo baggins in the video below.
Source: MTV Movies