More Maguire News: Tobey Might Be a Hobbit

December 14, 2009

Tobey Maguire recently revealed some interesting information about directors he'd like to work with in the future. When asked he replied, "Guillermo Del Toro." Hmmm, wasn't Del Toro working on something really big? Oh, that's right, The Hobbit! Is Maguire in line to play a halfling?

We already know that some of the biggest young stars in town have turned down the part of Bilbo Baggins: James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe have both been ruled out as potential actors to play Bilbo. But when asked who he'd like to work with, and after responding it was Del Toro, Maguire went on to say that, "We have something here in the near future." Isn't it safe to say The Hobbit lies in the near future?

So it looks like Peter Parker could soon become the guy to act in both Hobbit movies, and now that we know Spider-Man 4 and 5 don't actually film back-to-back, we know that this is something his schedule could allow. Latino Review reports:

So technically speaking, Tobey is available after shooting Spiderman 4 which is slated to begin shooting Winter 2010.  The first Hobbit film is slated to start shooting mid-summer 2010. ...As it stands, The Hobbit hasn’t been greenlit by the studio.  Jackson and Del Toro have been personally footing the bill for the development and the pre viz of The Hobbit. Here is the wildcard: next month’s auction of MGM assets.  MGM owns half The Hobbit rights. In just a few weeks we will know who will retain those rights.

This is kind of a strange turn of events -- not that anything is set in stone. At this point we don't even know who's going to own The Hobbit, much less final casting details. Nonetheless, Maguire seems like he could be a natural fit for this part. After all, he's already got experience playing small people. He played a jockey in Seabiscuit and he brought tears to our eyes! Well, maybe that's overdoing it a bit.

It's hard not to get excited about any news that's Hobbit news, but only time will tell whether this is going to stick. Hey, if he can sling webs, no reason Maguire can't wrangle with Gollum!

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