Now that Peter Jackson is at the helm of the $500 million two-film project after much stress and strain, casting rumors on the Internet give hope to the long-delayed “The Hobbit” project actually progressing. The latest includes three veterans of sci-fi and fantasy projects.
David Tennant, best known for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who from 2006 to 2009 — and who is currently filming the 2011 remake of Fright Night — is rumored to be in the running for an unknown role in the Lord of the Rings prequel. While his name came up in the past as being linked to the main role of Bilbo, the latest in consideration for that part is Martin Freeman of The Office fame.
Along with Tennant is Michael Fassbender who also is being considered for an unnamed role. Many fans know Fassbender from his roles in 300, Inglorious Basterds and X-Men: First Class.
James Nesbitt, an Irish actor known from British television and as the sci-fi modern representation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from BBCs series Jekyll, seems to have already been offered a role in the film, although which role has yet to be disclosed.
“The Hobbit” has been through a number of delays, so many in fact, the twin-films’ original director, Guillermo del Toro, had to step aside from the project earlier this year, leaving the director’s chair empty. Much of the problem has come from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, one of the studios behind the project along with Warner Bros. and New Line, which has been trying to stave off bankruptcy and eliminate a $4 billion debt that has crippled the production house in recent years.
As for other casting news, Ian McKellan continues to express his desire to return as Gandalf. Andy Serkis is also set to play Gollum. With a tentative filming start date for February, the movie looks like it is getting closer to production.