It began yesterday when Latino Review posted up a report saying that “Spider-Man” actor Tobey Maguire is in early talks with CAA and “The Hobbit” producers for Maguire to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Tolkien adaptations.
During promotion of “Brothers”, Maguire himself dropped the hint he might be working with the film’s director Guillermo del Toro in the near future. If true Maguire would go to work on ‘Hobbit’ right after he wraps up his job on “Spider-Man 4”.
Hold on a minute though, Maguire’s publicist Kelly Bush tells Movieline simply the report “is false”, essentially shooting down the story there.
LR however is sticking to its guns with the story claiming its sources are reliable. The site has been well-known for breaking high profile casting news in the past from Brandon Routh as Superman to Heath Ledger as The Joker.