Tobey Maguire may be through with Spider-Man, but he’s just landed an equally as exciting role! Reports surfaced today that Tobey will star as the lead in The Hobbit.
Maguire has signed on to play Bilbo Baggins in the movie adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s novel. Both producer Peter Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro actively pursued him for the role, knowing he’d be perfect.
Rumors about the casting surfaced last month, but at the time Tobey denied having any affiliation with the film. “I have not met or spoken to the director Guillermo del Toro or the producer Peter Jackson or anybody. Nobody has given me a script or approached me about it,” he said.
He did however express his interest, saying, “I love Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson and I certainly wouldn’t take myself out of the conversation.”
Sources say the production team couldn’t be happier about landing Maguire as their lead. A source told The Sun, "The Hobbit team are deep in the casting process. Everyone is over the moon. Tobey is not only one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, he is also one of the best actors."
Filming for The Hobbit begins this summer, and it will be split into two movies to be released in 2011 and 2012.