The star of The Office and Sherlock could still be a frontrunner for Bilbo, even though he’s already turned it down, allegedly…
It sounded like the usual tabloid hogwash. After all, how much of a commitment is a show that has three episodes a year?
But hang on. What’s this that Entertainment Weekly reporting this evening? “That's all true,” the US mag’s website says of The Sun’s story. “But according to sources close to The Hobbit production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.”
So there you have it. Martin Freeman is definitely probably being offered the chance to perhaps play Bilbo. Maybe.