Here, let me explain. The thing is that Freeman was originally turning down the role because he was already committed to film his role as Dr. Watson in a BBC "Sherlock" series. It would've collided with the original schedule that MGM/New Line had set up for "The Hobbit", so not really a surprise there. Then MGM/New Line decided to put the brakes on "The Hobbit" some more. Apparently they must really want Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins if they're willing to bend around their filming schedule to match his.
Now negotiations are going at a million miles per hour, or so you'd think. "The Hobbit" has been jumping in and out of development hell for awhile, it's no wonder that they want to grab an actor if he shows some interest in the lead role.
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Theonering.net, source of all things ultra nerdy (this is not a bad thing, mind you) has news on some possible casting for a the character of Radagast the Brown:
Sylvester McCoy confirms he is in contention with another actor for one of two Wizard parts in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films. We know Ian McKellen will like to return as Gandalf, and we’ve heard some rumblings of Radagast the Brown having a bigger role, so if you put two and two together — is Sylvester McCoy up for Radagast the Brown?
"I am being cast in The Hobbit," he said. "We're currently in negotiations. There are two of us under consideration. It's not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger."
What about him voicing the role of Smaug? Or has Smaug been cast already? Anyway, here's a pic of old Sylvester. You decide if he'd be a good choice or not for the role of whatever the hell he's up for. By the way, someone should tell the former Doctor Who not to say he was cast in a movie when he's still competing for the role. Just sayin'.
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Here's more about the movie from Stuff:
With only five years until the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, Sir Peter Jackson has reiterated his wish to make a feature film about the Anzacs.Read Full Article
Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron in negotiations to direct/produce 'At the Mountains of Madness'
Looks like Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating passion project At the Mountains of Madness is inching its way towards the big screen with the help of James Cameron, who's likely to produce the project with Del Toro directing. The two multi-hypenates are currently negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures, sources say. Reps for Universal and the filmmakers declined to comment. While Del Toro has committed to develop and produce The Haunted Mansion for Disney Studios, he has yet to announce his next directing project after dropping out of The Hobbit at end of May. Del Toro was originally planning on turning to Madness, an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella set in the Antarctica, before tackling The Hobbit, but the former production could not get off the ground. Hopefully now the long-in-the-works project will finally happen.Read Full Article
There's no way in hell he could even try to be Bilbo Baggins. This version of Bilbo is a young one, obviously because "The Hobbit" is a prequel to "Lord of the Rings" in which he discovers and keeps the Ring. There is a lot of auditions apparently going on for "The Hobbit" with reports flying in about Peter Jackson trying out all sorts of actors world wide for all sorts of roles.
Since nobody is set in stone as Bilbo at the moment, who would you want to play the younger version of this hobbit? Read Full Article