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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Martin Freeman cast as Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit'

Peter Jackson has already been confirmed as director of "The Hobbit." Now we have confirmation on Bilbo Baggins.

Martin Freeman will play the hobbit who makes the long journey to Lonely Mountain in the two-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book, New Line announced and The Hollywood Reporter , among other media outlets, reported. For those closely tracking news of all things "Hobbit" this doesn't come as a surprise, since Freeman had already been the subject of Baggins casting rumors.

The British actor is best known for playing Tim on the original version of "The Office." He also starred in the underrated "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and appeared in "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "Love Actually," among other films.

Several other actors also had their "Hobbit" status confirmed in the announcement, including Richard Armitage (another Brit) as Thoren Oakenshield and Aidan Turner ("Being Human") and Rob Kazinsky (a British TV actor) in the roles of young dwarves Kili and Fili. Two veterans of the previous "Lord of the Rings" films -- Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum -- will also appear in the film, which is slated to begin production in February.

Freeman -- who carried "Hitchhiker" as a leading man with total ease -- should make a fine Bilbo Baggins. But what do you think? Post a comment and share your opinion.

Tweet And what about other casting possibilities? Hugo Weaving may reprise his role as Elrond. Should he? Who else should join the cast? Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #hobbitology.

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