Is Peter Parker heading to the Shire?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Well, seeing how it doesn't seem possible for one guy to play two of the most beloved genre characters of the past 100 years, rumors that Tobey Maguire, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's superhero film series, might be in the running to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming two-part film version of The Hobbit may be a little hard to swallow.

Yet that's exactly what Latino Review says might be going down, based upon a hint that Maguire would be working on a movie with The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro "in the near future." Latino Review further claims that Maguire's agency is indeed in talks to have the Brothers star appear as the brave little hobbit Bilbo.

Now, this certainly is interesting. But given that Maguire is slated to star in a fourth and fifth Spider-Man movie, and given that the Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit is scheduled to be two effects-heavy, epic, sprawling pictures, the logistics of scheduling and just plain old exhaustion that Maguire is likely to face make this rumor worthy of a big lump of salt.

What do you think? Could Maguire pull off playing Bilbo?