Looks like we’ve got our first big casting rumour this week for The Hobbit, which as we reported last week has now officially entered the audition stage. The old rumour of James McAvoy playing the lead role of Bilbo Baggins has long since been shot down, but now the good folks over at Latino Review have dug up an interesting lead on another star who is apparently itching to grow some hair on his feet: Tobey Maguire!
While doing press for Brothers last month, Maguire was asked what director he’d like to work with next. His reply? Guillermo Del Toro. He also hinted that he was currently pursuing a project with the man. After checking some sources, Latino Review managed to confirm that he is indeed in “early talks” for the role. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s close to a deal at this point, and they’re probably still looking at other actors as well, but hey, it seems like a perfect fit to me. Am I the only one who gets Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood mixed up all the time? Seriously, they have at least a passing resemblance, and Maguire is fairly short as well (not that they can’t work around height issues). Plus he’s a big name with geek cred that can carry a franchise. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this actually works out. What do you think, is Tobey Maguire the right Hobbit for the job?