Last month, the rumor that Tobey Maguire was interested in playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit first hit the online world (courtesy of Latino Review) before being quickly shot down by Tobey himself as being nothing more than internet hyperbole. Though perhaps there really was something to it, as multiple sources are today claiming that Maguire has officially joined The Hobbit as that film's lead, Bilbo Baggins (originally played by Ian Holm in the Lord of the Rings trilogy).
The main source (which, truth be told, isn't the most reliable) is Britain's The Sun, which uses a full page article to announce the news that Maguire has indeed come on to play Bilbo now that he's no longer needed in the Spider-Man universe. According to The Sun, a source told them the following: "Everyone is over the moon. Tobey is not only one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, he is also one of the best actors." Adding to the "Yes, he's in!" pile, AMC Entertainment blogger John Campea recently tweeted that someone close to production has leaked the same news to him. He said, "I have been personally told by a source very close to Guillermo del Toro that it's true... Tobey Maguire IS The Hobbit."
If this is true, and the deal is done, we should expect an official announcement to arrive pretty much immediately (as in tomorrow or later this week). Until then there's a very good chance all those in the know (reps, studio, etc ..) will deny these reports because that's usually how they play ball until it's time for the real announcement. In the meantime, all we can do is report on what's slowly trickling around these here internets and let you be the judge.
What do you think? Do you like Maguire in the role? Do you see Spidey as a hobbit?