Peter Jackson confirms Ian Holm will be back as Bilbo in The Hobbit

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Jon Gutierrez
Dec 14, 2012

With Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, you'd think there'd be no place for Ian Holm, who played Bilbo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (Especially since The Hobbit will take place 60 years before The Fellowship of the Ring.)

But it looks like we'll be seeing Holm's old Bilbo again, as Peter Jackson's found a place for him in the prequel.

As Jackson posted on his Facebook page:

One comment that came up from the recent video blog was the Bilbo voice at the end—many of you assumed it was Sir Ian Holm. Whilst Ian will be returning as the older Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, that recording was actually Martin Freeman's voice, taken from a script read through we recorded when the cast first arrived. I have to admit, I wasn't sure who it was when I first heard it, either.

So where would old Bilbo fit into The Hobbit?

Well, back in January, we reported that Elijah Wood would play Frodo in a wraparound sequence where he'll read about the events of The Hobbit from Bilbo's book. We're betting that's where we'll see Holm's Bilbo ... maybe even reading the story to Frodo himself.

(via Movieweb)