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Official Hobbit Casting Speculation Thread!
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May 24 2008, 2:11am

Post #1 of 215 (8934 views)
Official Hobbit Casting Speculation Thread! Can't Post

Do you think you know who would be perfect to play Bilbo? Bard? What about the voice of Smaug?

What we DO know is that GDT has said he'd like to use as many of the LOTR cast members as possible within the constraints of the story and their schedules. We also know that Ian McKellen (the only definite), Andy Serkis and Viggo have been contacted. That leaves a lot that we don't know and many characters to speculate about!

In an attempt to keep conversations about casting in one convenient place, (and prevent multiple threads speculating about the same characters), we've provided this thread as a place for all casting speculation. There are even links (below) to polls where you can vote for your favrorite actor to play each major character. Post about them here, in the poll threads, or both! If there's a character that needs their own poll or actor who should be added to an existing poll, PM a Forum Admin or Superuser, or mention it in this thread, and we'll add them for you.

p.s. This thread will be updated as casting is firmed up (see Gandalf entry below) and as we can get to it.

p.p.s You might want to start by reading through the "Hobbit Casting Speculation with MrCere!" thread here.

Otherwise, let the speculation continue! Laugh

Links to Character Casting Polls (alphabetical order):






Gandalf - Ian McKellen

Master of Laketown

Smaug (voice)



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(This post was edited by Altaira on Jul 2 2008, 3:57am)


May 24 2008, 8:59pm

Post #2 of 215 (4267 views)
I'm pushing for David Bowie as Thranduil [In reply to] Can't Post

Bowie for Thranduil, and Wayne Pygram (Farscape's "Scorpius") for Smaug

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May 27 2008, 12:54am

Post #3 of 215 (4011 views)
Oh, this is an awesome idea! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love it that we can get into some fantastic conversations and keep them all in one place where we can build on everyone's ideas :D

Very Very Cool!

Thanks Altaira!

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May 27 2008, 4:25am

Post #4 of 215 (4002 views)
Can't help wondering how our choices will (may) change over the time [In reply to] Can't Post

will be interesting to have a looksee in here and see LOL

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Jun 6 2008, 6:22pm

Post #5 of 215 (4031 views)
More Casting Speculation [In reply to] Can't Post

The following are some fun casting ideas... some already confirmed... some under speculation... others just ideas... have a look!


Jun 6 2008, 7:22pm

Post #6 of 215 (3977 views)
Confirmed already?? My cast list [In reply to] Can't Post

I really like the casting for Bard: Guy Pearce, but my favorite is Gerard Butler. And for the dwarves, really all of them works.
Except thereīs no Brian Blessed there, I see he was not casted XDDDD

My choises::
Thorin: Brian Blessed
Balin: Kenneth Branagh (People really think itīs impossible to think him to play a dwarf XD!!! But not me, he can!)
Bombur: Oliver Platt
Bard: can be Hugh Jackman too!!
Beorn: Brendan Gleeson
Thranduil: Jason Isaacs

But I like too::
Bilbo: James McAvoy
Dwalin: Brendan Gleeson
Thranduil: David Bowie
Kevin Mcnally, Nathan Lane, Brian Cox, Angus McFadyen for the rest of dwarves

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Jun 6 2008, 7:27pm

Post #7 of 215 (3833 views)
The stuff I put up isn't official... just having some fun [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jun 7 2008, 1:06am

Post #8 of 215 (3818 views)
Yes! Jorge Garcia for Bombur! Perfect!// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jun 7 2008, 2:30am

Post #9 of 215 (3872 views)
He would, wouldn't he! [In reply to] Can't Post

I know that I will probably catch a lot of flack for some of these choices... particularly Mark Hamill.

He is known forever as Luke Skywalker, but he has made a career of doing Voice Overs for cartoons and video games. I think he would make an awesome dwarf and give him a chance to be back in the spotlight again.

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Jun 10 2008, 4:11pm

Post #10 of 215 (3825 views)
Guillermo should hire you as his casting Director! [In reply to] Can't Post

Positively BRILLIANT choices!

Personally I am 120% behind the James McAvoy casting. I've been a fan of his ever since he added so much depth to "The Chronicles of Narnia." He's got the acting chops to pull this off. (Plus, he's pretty easy on the eyes...Wink)

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Jun 10 2008, 6:39pm

Post #11 of 215 (3836 views)
I'm LOST!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know who many of these actors are and I don't know enough actors to make any good decisions!!! GAHH!!!! *goes crazy...for the eleventy-first time*

The only thing I DO know is that for the dwarves, you have to find actors who are REALLY willing to go through the prosthetics, armor, and hair for a year! I'm not sure that all of the good choices will be willing to do that.

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Jun 10 2008, 7:38pm

Post #12 of 215 (3783 views)
Strictly speaking [In reply to] Can't Post

the dwarves need the armor only after they regained the dragon's hoard, where they found the old armors. Before that there's no mention of them wearing armor, IIRC. But admittedly, the prosthetics remain.

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Jun 11 2008, 1:35am

Post #13 of 215 (3764 views)
I think Jack Black could make a good Bombur. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jun 13 2008, 4:06am

Post #14 of 215 (3791 views)
NOT David Bowie for Thandruil!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Shire

Jun 17 2008, 11:21pm

Post #15 of 215 (3761 views)
excellent. [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the idea Bryan Cox and Breedan Gleeson being cast as Dwarves. That would be great I think.

Also, I believe Ron Pearlman would be great as Beorn or even as Thorin.

The voice of Smaug...I also think Bryan Cox would make that work very well. But I do like the idea of Stellan Skarsgard.

I wonder if Doug Jones will be asked to play someone/something.

Tol Eressea

Jun 18 2008, 3:01pm

Post #16 of 215 (3721 views)
Cox and Gleeson were certainly believable as brothers [In reply to] Can't Post

in Troy, so I'm sure they would work well as dwarves. Actually, I'd really like to see that.

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Jun 21 2008, 11:34am

Post #17 of 215 (3721 views)
Oh... [In reply to] Can't Post

But what I do know is that I think Hugh Jackman should be in there somewhere...not as a dwarf, obviously, but he can do the scruffy-tough-man thing pretty well. Plus, he's Austrailian so he already has an accent (David Wenham is Austrailian and he did just fine). I'm not saying that we should have Wolverine running around Middle-Earth, but I do think he could play someone. Not yet sure who.

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Jun 22 2008, 6:17am

Post #18 of 215 (3763 views)
Realistically (Bard) [In reply to] Can't Post

I could see Thomas Kretschmann playing the Bard. He played Captain Englehorn (the steamer captain) in King Kong and appears to have some connection to HB II (credited in a photo but not in the cast list). He is even in Wanted with JM (may not mean anything except he will be seen by those watching JM). Not only does he look the part but he has the brooding yet brave thing down pat.

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Jun 27 2008, 1:00am)

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Jun 28 2008, 3:06pm

Post #19 of 215 (3671 views)
Bilbo [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd love to see Eddie Izzard play the part of Bilbo. Talented guy, he does some mean impersonations; doing Ian Holm wouldn't be a stretch. :)

The Shire

Jun 29 2008, 9:11pm

Post #20 of 215 (3629 views)
Cast [In reply to] Can't Post

Nichol Williamson for the voice of Smaug.

Patrick Stewart for Thorin Oakenshield.

Derek Jacobi as any of the other Dwarves.


Jun 30 2008, 12:06am

Post #21 of 215 (3612 views)
Sorry debo... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but I think we negate each other on this one. So now that leaves it up to the Valar to decide. ;P

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Jun 30 2008, 2:28am

Post #22 of 215 (3635 views)
Catsing Ideas [In reply to] Can't Post

I really like the one up there with the pictures with one minor difference. Tom- Rowan Atkinson


Jun 30 2008, 4:37pm

Post #23 of 215 (3668 views)
Bilbo [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the best choice for Bilbo is Martin Freeman. He's a great actor with really good comedic timing, yet has the serious stuff down as well. To top it off, he looks like Bilbo, unlike McAvoy, who may be a great actor for the part as well, he just doesn't bring continuity from LOTR like Freeman could.


Jun 30 2008, 9:10pm

Post #24 of 215 (3657 views)
I think David Tennant (Dr. Who) would make a good Bilbo. [In reply to] Can't Post

He is leaving the series if the rumors are true. I wonder why? However it behooves me to say, that when I suggested this a while back, someone informed me of his height which is six feet something.
For picture...

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Jul 1 2008, 4:35am

Post #25 of 215 (3592 views)
Tennant [In reply to] Can't Post

I dunno...I really like him as Dr. Who, but I'm not sure about being Bilbo. IMDB lists him at 6' 1", he seems taller than that, or they just cast shorter people opposite him, which really isn't unusual.

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