Peter Jackson finds and loses his ‘Hobbit’ Bilbo Baggins
HollywoodNews.com: Peter Jackson apparently offered the role of Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming “The Hobbit” to Martin Freeman – only to have the British actor turn it down.
U.S. audiences might be acquainted with Freeman’s work from the film “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which he played the lead role of Arthur Dent. Freeman also appeared in the U.K. version of “The Office.”
Freeman turned down the “Hobbit” role since he was already booked for 20 weeks as Dr. Watson in the hit BBC series “Sherlock Holmes.”
A Sun source exclaims: “It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. MGM, who are making the film, only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks.
“It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up for another series of Sherlock. It was agonizing but he had no other choice.”
Currently, Jackson has organized auditions in London, New York and Sydney in effort to discover a fresh face to play Baggins.
The Sun source continues: “All the actors had to read four pages of script to the camera which is being shown to Peter Jackson.
“He is looking for a hidden gem now that Martin has ruled himself out of the job.”
The Hobbit is scheduled to open in 2012.
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