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Martin FreemanMartin Freeman, still perhaps best known as Tim from The Office, has reportedly turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Ring's prequel, The Hobbit, due to his filming commitments on the next series of the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

Apparently, Freeman has committed himself to a 20-week filming schedule as Doctor Watson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. A 'source' told The Sun:
"It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. MGM, who are making the film, only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks. It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up for another series of Sherlock. It was agonising but he had no other choice."

Find out more after the jump... Martin FreemanMartin Freeman, still perhaps best known as Tim from The Office, has reportedly turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Ring's prequel, The Hobbit, due to his filming commitments on the next series of the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

Apparently, Freeman has committed himself to a 20-week filming schedule as Doctor Watson alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes. A 'source' told The Sun:
"It was one of the most difficult decisions of his career. MGM, who are making the film, only got a formal offer over in the last couple of weeks. It was too late for Martin because he had already signed up for another series of Sherlock. It was agonising but he had no other choice."

Seeing as this is from an anonymous source in The Sun, a paper which has been known to get stories wrong from time to time, and that The Hobbit is still stuck in the seventh layer of development Hell with MGM facing bankruptcy (and Peter Jackson still to confirm whether he is going to actually direct the thing) we'll treat this with a couple of pinches of salt.

Although, if true, you have to respect Freeman for seeing his contract through. Sherlock may have been one of the best TV dramas this year but if it was us we'd be out of 221b Baker Street and on the first plane to Middle Earth before you could say 'Elementary my dear Gandalf'.