Date: 9th September 2010
Martin Freeman could be back in the running to star as Bilbo Baggins in the forthcoming Hobbit movies.
It was earlier reported that Freeman decline an offer (and seven-figure payday) to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies due to a scheduling conflict.
The actor was already committed to shoot the BBC series Sherlock, in which he plays Dr. Watson. That’s all true, but according to sources close to the Hobbit production, it’s not over yet. New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.
The studios and the actor are currently negotiating the new deal.
Ian Holm played Bilbo in director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films.
Source: Press Release