Martin Freeman IS Bilbo Baggins…

But I’m not so sure about Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Oh, I have no doubt whatsoever that he’ll be riveting as the dwarven leader, but it would be criminal to bury that gorgeous face of his under mountains of latex.

Martin Freeman is absolutely perfect. He’s naturally hobbit-y adorable just as himself.

From E! Online:

The studios behind The Hobbit officially confirmed Thursday that British actor Martin Freeman will be playing the titular Shire hero, Bilbo Baggins, in Jackson’s two-part Lord of the Rings prequel.

“Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” Jackson said in a statement.

But Bilbo isn’t going it alone in today’s casting news. MGM, New Line and Warner Bros. also rolled out a roster of actors who will be playing the hobbit’s comrades in treasure hunting and Smaug slaying…

Brit Richard Armitage, who presumably will be seen in Captain America: The First Avenger long before The Hobbit’s journey concludes, has signed on to play Thorin Oakenshield, head of the company of dwarves who are off to recapture his lost inheritance.

Rounding out the troop are Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky as Kili and Fili; Graham McTavish as Dwalin; John Callen as Oin; Stephen Hunter as Bombur; Mark Hadlow as Dori; and Peter Hambleton as Gloin. (You never know which one of them is going to be the next Dominic Monaghan!)

I don’t know these other actors. Good call on them, or not?

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