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Apr 13 2009, 10:08am

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A summary of 'The Hobbit' casting discussion so far

"The Hobbit," has to be cast but that just leaves more time for fans to speculate, guess and suggest about the casting of the two-films planned by producer Peter Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro.

There are a few givens. According to the decision makers, as many of the main characters that appear in both Jackson's LOTR trilogy and GDT's Hobbit films will be cast using existing actors from those roles as possible. And while media outlets trying to create news about the film have asked any actor they can find if they will appear, the list of sure crossovers are relatively small.
Ian Holm, approaching 80 years old, has stated that he is too old to play Bilbo because of the physical demands of the role and the required relocation to New Zealand. So the search for the main character is on. Most readers will be familiar with characters like Gandalf that belong to actors such as Ian McKellen so they will not be rehashed here because there is no debate about who will fill the role.

Other roles are open to speculation such as Aragorn's role from the LOTR appendices that might be used to flesh out parts of the two-movie set planned for December 2011 and 2012.

While a few names have likely been missed here and there, we present the suggestions from TheOneRing.net's message boards. Check back soon on our "The Pollantir" section of our message boards for some unscientific voting. Please forgive any errors, there was a lot of information to be dealt with here.

Brian Blessed
Kenneth Branagh
Brian Cox
Neil Flyn
Dominic Purcell
Angus Macfadyen


Richard Armitage
Christian Bale
Gerard Butler
Jim Caviezel
Daniel Craig
Henry Iain Cusick
SirDennisC (message boards)
Jack Davenport
Johnny Depp
Michael Fassbender
Ralph Fiennes
Ioan Gruffudd
Martin Henderson
Hugh Jackman
Doug Jones
Thomas Kretschmann
Daniel Day Lewis
David O’Hara
Gary Oldman
Clive Owen
Adrian Pasdar
Guy Pearce
James Purefoy
Dominic Purcell
Toby Stephens


Brian Blessed
Lawrence Fishburne
Nick Frost
Christopher Guest
Gary Lewis
Liam Neeson
Ron Perlman
Pete Postlethwaite
Geoffrey Rush
Guy Sprung
Ray Stevenson

Tim McInnerny
Ray Winstone


Alfred Molina
Hugh Laurie

Bilbo Baggins

Liam Aiken
Hugh Bonneville
Martin Freeman
Ryan Gosling
Tom Hollander
Bob Hoskins
Michael Hurst
Eddie Izzard
Toby Jones
Shia Lebouef
William H. Macy
Tobey Maguire
James McAvoy
Sam Neil
Sean Pertwee
Reece Shearsmith
Michael Sheen
David Tennant


Mark Hamill


Jack Black
Jorge Garcia
Paul Giamatti
Richard Griffiths
Jonah Hill
Oliver Platt


James Cosmo
Timothy Spall
Ray Winstone


Dara O’Briain
Tom Waits


Robbie Coltraine


Brenden Gleeson

Dwarves (general)

Jack Black
Bill Baily
Robbie Coltraine
Brian Cox
Russell Crowe
Warwick Davis
Stephen Fry
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Derek Jacobi
Ken Jenkins
Angus Macfadyen
Alfred Molina
Ron Perlman
Jonathan Pryce
Geoffrey Rush
Timothy Spall
Ethan Suplee
David Tennant
Nick Frost


Billy Connelly
John Rhys-Davies
Nicholas Lyndhurst

Goblin King / Great Goblin

Doug Jones
Tyler Mane
Ron Perlman


Kelsey Grammar
Simon Peg


James Woods


Phil Jupitus
Kevin McNally


Stephen Fry
Kevin McNally
David Jason


Alan Davies
Nathan Lane


Zooey Deschanel

Master / Lord of Laketown

Dustin Hoffman
Anthony Hopkins
Alan Rickman
Geoffrey Rush
Stanley Tucci


Richard E Grant

Smaug (voice)

Clancy Brown
James Caan
George Clooney
Brian Cox
Marton Csokas
Tim Curry
Vin Diesel
Sam Elliott
Jonathan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Bruno Ganz
Terry Gilliam
Mark Hamill
Djimon Hounsou
Anthony HopkinsJohn Hurt
Jeremy Irons
Jason Isaacs
Tommy Lee Jones
Ben Kingsley
Robert Lindsay
Meat Loaf
Ulrich Matthes
Alfred Molina
John Noble
Peter O’Toole
Edward James Elmos
Leslie Phillips
Wayne Pygram
Alan Rickman
Geoffrey Rush
Rodrigo Santoro
Andy Serkis
Martin Shaw
Stellan Skarsgard
Patrick Stewart
Kathleen Turner
Nichol Williamson
Michael Wincott

Spiders of Mirkwood

Cindy Lauper
Fran Drescher

Thorin Oakenshield

Brian Blessed
Jim Carter
Billy Connelly
Brian Cox
Kenneth Cranham
Brenden Gleeson
Alfred Molina
Ron Perlman
David Hyde Pierce
Geoffrey Rush
Patrick Stewart
Tom Wilkenson
Ray Winstone

Tom (troll)

Rowan Atkinson
Jason Statham


Richard Armitage
Paul Bettany
David Bowie
Timothy Dalton
James Duvall
Ralph Fiennes
William Fichtner
Luke Goss
Rhys Ifans
Jason Isaacs
Guy Pearce
Zachary Quinto
Patrick Stewart

William (troll)

Vinnie Jones

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(This post was edited by Altaira on Apr 13 2009, 5:13pm)

Edit Log:
Post edited by MrCere (Sr. Staff) on Apr 13 2009, 10:11am
Post edited by MrCere (Sr. Staff) on Apr 13 2009, 10:13am
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