British actor Martin Freeman has been on a real roll over the last decade. Many people first came to know him as Tim in the original UK version of The Office, then he went on to make appearances in the much beloved Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg film comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and then he went on to great acclaim playing a modern version of Dr. Watson on BBC’s outstanding series Sherlock. But probably the biggest news of Freeman’s career came when he was cast in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit. Now, Freeman’s string of good luck may be over, because he’s opened his mouth when he shouldn’t and caused a big kerfuffle.
According to Freeman, his Sherlock and The Hobbit worlds are about to collide. While picking up Sherlock’s BAFTA award for Best Drama, he let slip that his co-star on that show, Benedict Cumberbatch, was all set to join the cast of Jackson’s fantasy epic as well. This news comes as a bit of a shock, as Cumberbatch has been made a pretty large name due to his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, with production already ongoing this is pretty late in the game to be adding new actors to The Hobbit, and all the big roles seem to be taken. The news also came as a shock to Cumberbatch himself, who said that his casting was supposed to be a surprise and that he wouldn’t reveal anything else about his role. Freeman responded, “I knew I was a big mouth, I didn’t know how much of a big mouth, and I’ve ruined everything. And now I might not have a job to go back to!” Looks like the role of Bilbo Baggins might not be sewn up after all. An angry Peter Jackson is a vengeful Peter Jackson. But, in all seriousness, having just watched the first episode of Sherlock last night I can already tell that Freeman and Cumberbatch have amazing chemistry on that show, and it’s going to be pretty fun speculating on what role the man with the awesomest name I’ve ever heard might be picking up on The Hobbit. Any guesses? [Digital Spy]