<<Speaking as another Martin Freeman supporter, it would be as well to remember that there may be others out there as well or even better suited to the role but we just don't know them. They did a very impressive job of casting for LOTR, I have hopes that they will do as well for The Hobbit.
I'd love to see MF cast, but even if he's not, I'm still going to keep an open mind and give GDT and PJ a chance to win me over to their choice.>>
I'd be far more willing to give an unknown actor, who's appearance and personality seem right for the role, a chance than any of the names that have been bandied about -- apart from Freeman -- that are so clearly wrong for the role, e.g., James McAvoy. As an elf or a human, McAvoy's got my support. He's not a Hobbit and he's sure as hell NOT Bilbo!