martin freeman ian mckellen getty 'The Hobbit' cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage“The Hobbit” officially has a cast. New Line Cinema has announced Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise their roles from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of Gandalf and Gollum, and Richard Armitage has been cast as Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Company of Dwarves.

]]>Peter Jackson in a statement. He was previously announced as the director. “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”  Jackson also adds that Armitage “is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakensheild. We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-earth is in such good hands.” Also joining the cast are Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton. The two “Hobbit” films are due out December 2012 and December 2013. Follow Zap2it and Zap2it Andrea on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news. Photo credit: Getty Images

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