When The Hobbit was announced, a lot of fans wondered if Sir Ian Holm would return to play Bilbo Baggins. The actor is a bit up there in age to play the younger Hobbit, who is just setting off on his first adventure, but sure enough, Holm will appear as the elder Baggins.
One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman’s voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J
Should be interesting to see how audiences react to this. I really don’t mind this, as it moves away from layers of makeup and prosthetics to age Martin Freeman.