James Nesbitt has been offered a role while David Tennant and Michael Fassbender are being pursued for two other roles in the upcoming “The Hobbit” reports Deadline.
The $500 million dual films finally got the green light by New Line, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM last week with production slated to begin in February next year. Ian McKellen is set to return as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and though not officially yet it seems set that Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins.
Irish actor Nesbitt is a staple on British television, rising to fame on such shows as “Cold Feet,” “Ballykissangel,” “Murphy’s Law” and “Jekyll” along with films like “Match Point,” “Millions,” “Bloody Sunday” and “Five Minutes of Heaven”.
Fassbender has found his name quickly rising in Hollywood thanks to key roles in blockbusters like “300,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Centurion” and “X-Men: First Class” along with art house features like “Hunger” and “Fish Tank”.
Tennant is best known for starring as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor, from 2006 to 2009, in the long-running hit British sci-fi series “Doctor Who”. He’s also appeared in such films as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Bright Young Things,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and the upcoming “Fright Night” remake.