Martin FreemanWith 'The Hobbit' finally getting a greenlight after what seems like forever, the spotlight now shines on Martin Freeman. The English actor, perhaps best known as Tim on the original 'The Office,' has been long rumored as the frontrunner to play Bilbo Baggins, the diminutive fellow who defeats a dragon and finds a ring.

Where does the rumor mill stand right now? Here's what we know:

- 'The Hobbit' will start shooting in February and be directed by 'Lord of the Rings' guru Peter Jackson.

- Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Martin Freeman will indeed play Bilbo Baggins (also that Jimmy Nesbitt, Michael Fassbender and David Tennant are being offered other roles). MGM has not yet confirmed this news.
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