Filming of "The Hobbit" will begin in February and will shoot back-to-back installments of "The Hobbit", for release in December 2012 and 2013 so casting has begun forPeter Jackson's"The Hobbit" and was announced today by Jackson and both presidents for New Line Cinema's and Warner Bros.
Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage to play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon. Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky will play Kili and Fili, members of the Company of Dwarves. Graham McTavish will play Dwalin, John Callen will play Oin; Stephen Hunter will play Bombur, and Mark Hadlow plays Dori, while Peter Hambleton will play Gloin. James Nesbitt and David Tennant are up for roles, and that Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy (as the voice of the dragon Smaug) are possible participants, and Aiden Turner is in contention for the Elf King.