Now that Peter Jackson has been named the director for the two Hobbit films, it is time to go actor hunting. Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh have announced their first round of actors for the films with Martin Freeman set to play Bilbo Baggins.
The other actors include:
- Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
- Aidan Turner as Kili
- Rob Kazinsky as Fili
- Graham McTavish as Dwalin
- John Callen as Oin
- Stephen Hunter as Bombur
- Mark Hadlow as Dori
- Peter Hambleton – Gloin
Deadline is speculating that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, and it is rumored that James Nesbitt and David Tennant are in consideration for a couple roles.
Shooting begins in February 2011 – though the location has yet to be finalized (Hint: New Zealand), with the films to be released in 2012 and 2013.