Last month, Entertainment Weekly claimed that Martin Freeman was the only choice for Bilbo; and tonight it’s official. Speaking to Deadline, Peter Jackson confirmed the dream casting, as well as naming who will play the Dwarves.
“Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” Peter Jackson said. There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”
For the names of all the Dwarves cast so far, check out the Deadline article here.