Saturday, 23 April 2011

Peter Jackson Confirms Ian Holm Returning as Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'!

Now that Peter Jackson has returned to helm the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit (woo ho!), plenty of his cast members from the Lord of the Rings trilogy are also slated to head back to Middle Earth.

Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom are all said to return (even a minor supporting role has been crafted for Bret McKenzie) and it should be quite the reunion. Well, Peter Jackson recently revealed on his official Facebook page (via that despite the fact that Martin Freeman is playing Bilbo Baggins in the film, Ian Holm will also being playing the older version of the hobbit at some point as well.

Here's what Jackson said about Holm's return in The Hobbit:

"One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit,' that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either. Cheers, Peter J"

Cool beans... very cool beans.

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