The UK’s Telegraph newspaper is tipping David Tennant for the part of Bilbo Baggins.
They’ve done a bit of digging and put 2 and 2 together. Whether they have their sums right, we’ll have to wait and see.
They’ve based their hunch on the fact that Peter Jackson is expected to be at the Comic-Con expo is San Diego next week so an announcement seems likely to be made. Del Toro recently said they expected to name Bilbo Baggins within ‘the next few weeks’
The logic follows that if they do make the announcement at the Comic-Con, the lucky actor would probably be there as well and it seems Tennant is indeed pencilled in to make his first visit.
Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times told The telegraph: “David Tennant just happens to be making his very first trip to the San Diego expo to promote “Doctor Who,” a television series that he will soon be leaving behind. “Peter Jackson, the producer of the two-film “Hobbit” series that begins its theatre run in 2011, is also slated to appear this year, and, well you can see the dot-connecting possibilities. …
Tennant is currently filming a St Trinians follow up and he makes his finale as the Time lord at Christmas so he’s free at the time filming is due to start on The Hobbit.
Now, if you could have your pick of virtually any actor in the world to play the part of bilbo baggins, would David Tennant be you choice?
Update: Empire have just spoken to Peter Jackson about this rumor and he tells them they are still working on the script so an announcement won’t be made at Comic-Con.
He tells them that any actor they approach would want to see a script before making a decision (really?) so they need to get the script finished first.
GDT though said earlier this month that he expected to tell us the Bilbo Baggins actor was close to being named.
Either GDT is jumping the gun or PJ is throwing a smoke screen. At least it’s all good publicity for the Comic-Con