New Line, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM have officially announced in a press release the casting of the various dwarf characters in their upcoming film adaptation of “The Hobbit” which Peter Jackson is set to direct.
Firstly the release (via TheOneRing) finally confirms that UK “The Office” and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” star Martin Freeman is set to play Bilbo Baggins.
(from L to R): Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Rob Kazinsky
Three British TV hunks will be joining him. Tall dark and brooding Richard Armitage, best known for playing Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s recent “Robin Hood” series and currently starring as Lucas North in the acclaimed MI5-set spy series “Spooks”, has been cast as Thorin Oakenshield.
In the film Oakenshield is the leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Two members of his company include “Being Human” vampire hunk Aidan Turner and “EastEnders” soapie star Rob Kazinsky who play Kili and Fili respectively.
Also along for the ride are some veterans like Graham McTavish (“24,” “Rambo,” “Red Dwarf”) as Dwalin, John Callen (“The Man Who Lost His Head,” “The Rainbow Warrior”) as Oin, Stephen Hunter (“Love My Way,” “All Saints”) as Bombur, Mark Hadlow (“King Kong,” “Children of Fire Mountain”) as Dori, and Peter Hambleton (“The Rainbow Warrior,” “The Strip”) as Gloin.
Further casting is expected to be announced shortly, along with confirmations of the involvement of Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis.