Just thought it worth mentioning that casting for The Hobbit is under weigh and has a shooting schedule that should begin in June of 2010, with a tentative release date of December 2011 for the first film (the Lord of the Rings prequel will be broken into two movies).
So far the only bit of certainty in casting is that of Sir Ian McKellan as the moody wizard Gandalf (Thank God for that!), depsite nearly all of the original LOTR cast's willingness to return in some capacity. But there have been a few different names tossed about in association with the film's main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins. Now remember, Bilbo was played by Ian Holm in Peter Jackson's LOTR trilogy. But The Hobbit takes places some 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, and therefore calls for a much younger actor to play the younger Bilbo.
Some of the actors rumored to be on the short list are James McAvoy, David Tennant, and now Tobey Maguire (who is now out of one superhero job--Spiderman 4 has been canceled). Who do you think would make the best Bilbo? Would any of these suit the role in your opinion, or should an unknown get the coveted job? Share your ideas with us. Hit the comment button and tell it like it is. Just don't say it in Elvish. We're nerds here at The Sound and Fury, but not that nerdy.