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Yesterday we wrote about the breaking news that Martin Freeman had turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit due to a schedule clash with the filming of his role as Doctor Watson in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

Having poured a bit of scorn over the story (we have trust issues) it seems this one may have legs as Entertainment Weekly is reporting that MGM have come back with a revised schedule that will allow Freeman to do both.

'According to sources close to the Hobbit production, it's not over yet.' say EW. 'New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.'

Find out more after the jump... Yesterday we wrote about the breaking news that Martin Freeman had turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit due to a schedule clash with the filming of his role as Doctor Watson in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.

Having poured a bit of scorn over the story (we have trust issues) it seems this one may have legs as Entertainment Weekly is reporting that MGM have come back with a revised schedule that will allow Freeman to do both.

'According to sources close to the Hobbit production, it's not over yet.' say EW. 'New Line and MGM, the studios backing the Hobbit films, have since come back to Freeman with a proposed schedule that would allow him to shoot both projects. All parties are currently negotiating a deal.'

If this is the case then we imagine Freeman will bite their hands off, his film career so far has been solid (Love Actually, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) but has been eclipsed by his stellar television work, most notably in The Office.

We'll keep you updated on the story as and when more information is released, though If this does happen we'll be happy - Freeman looks a bit like a younger Ian Holm who played Bilbo in Lord of The Rings and he certainly has the acting chops to inhabit the diminutive adventurer.