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Tobey Maguire Refutes 'Hobbit' Casting RumorsCould Spider-Man be moving to Middle-Earth?

Maybe, maybe not. Rumors surfaced on the Web earlier this week that Tobey Maguire was being considered by producer Peter Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy', 'Pan's Labrynth') to star as the lovable, conflicted Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming 'Lord of the Rings' prequel 'The Hobbit'.

But, Maguire tells the Hollywood Reporter that if he has landed the gig, it's news to him. Tobey Maguire Refutes 'Hobbit' Casting RumorsCould Spider-Man be moving to Middle-Earth?

Maybe, maybe not. Rumors surfaced on the Web earlier this week that Tobey Maguire was being considered by producer Peter Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro ('Hellboy', 'Pan's Labrynth') to star as the lovable, conflicted Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming 'Lord of the Rings' prequel 'The Hobbit'.

But, Maguire tells the Hollywood Reporter that if he has landed the gig, it's news to him.

"I have not met with del Toro. We don't have any near future plans," Maguire said. "I don't know if something got misconstrued or miscommunicated but the source was not accurate at all."

Though he said he'd heard the rumors that James McAvoy ('Wanted') had taken the role and assumed they were fact, Maguire did keep open possibilities of joining the project, if approached.

"I love Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, and I certainly wouldn't take myself out of the conversation ... if I was part of it. But I haven't read a script or talked to anybody about it."

Though Jackson insisted last week that casting has only just begun on 'The Hobbit,' we can't help asking: Would Toby Maguire make a good Bilbo Baggins? The 'Spider-Man' films have shown that he can convey the innocent wonder that made Elijah Wood so effective as Frodo Baggins in the 'Rings' trilogy, and based on the strong reviews -- and Golden Globe nomination -- he's currently getting for his turn as a post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ravaged war vet in 'Brothers,' he has the chops to plunge into much darker territory. Is this the perfect fit for Maguire, or is this one blockbuster that would be better off without him?