English actor Martin Freeman could be forgiven for finding the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit quite daunting, considering what a huge role it is. However, Martin insists that, due to the amount of people in the film, there is no real pressure on any one person.
Freeman told Total Film, “It’s not really daunting. It is unexpected compared to where we were, but it’s the same thing of telling the story and doing your bit, whether it’s one or two or three films. There’s just, you know, more of it! But there are so many of us involved, it doesn’t really hang on anyone’s shoulders.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will see a whole host of familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings movies, such as Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
As well as Martin Freeman, the new cast members include Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, and Aidan Turner.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to be released on December 13, 2012.