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<i>The Hobbit</i> Casting Is Elementary, My Dear Watson

Martin Freeman, the actor who plays Watson on the BBC series Sherlock, has allegedly been made an offer to star as Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

British newspaper The Sun first reported that an offer was made to Freeman to star in The Hobbit, but the actor had to turn down the opportunity due to his Sherlock commitments. Now, Entertainment Weekly has weighed in on the subject to say that the deal is not off the table just yet — apparently, New Line and MGM have returned to Freeman with a new proposal that would accommodate his shooting schedule on Sherlock. All parties involved are currently in negotiations, according to EW.

In addition to Sherlock, Freeman has made a name for himself with other high profile roles including Tim Canterbury on the BBC's The Office series and Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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