Back when The Lord of the Rings trilogy were being cast, the final two up for Bilbo Baggins were apparently Ian Holm, who won the part, and Sylvester McCoy, who did not. Myself, I’ve never heard this officially confirmed but it does seem to be a ‘fact’ that fans pass around as though certified.
Is McCoy, then, the best option to take over the role for the upcoming Hobbit movies?
Last night, the good people of Screenrush somehow ended up meeting Sylvester McCoy. The how and why are not important to our story – we care about what was said and that, according a tweet I caught this morning, was that he’s been cast in The Hobbit.
Not given an audition. Not offered a role. Actually cast in the part.
I got back in touch with Screenrush and they confirmed that this was something they were told directly by a friend of McCoy. Of course there’s always a chance this friend was telling a fib, or had somehow failed to make themselves perfectly clear, but…
Peter Jackson is doing a world tour seeing actors for roles in the film right now, and he was recently in London. Nothing here is sounding too improbable. I say let’s roll with it for a while and see what the official response is.
Holm is now approaching 79 years of age and McCoy is almost 67. This age difference is pretty much equivalent to the gap between production on the two film series. But does that make sense? Isn’t The Hobbit‘s Bilbo supposed to be, and appear, significantly younger?
I don’t have any recent images of McCoy to judge but when I myself crossed paths with McCoy a couple of years ago, I guess he was looking rather younger than Holm. Besides, moviemakers have this thing called makeup and, more recently, these things called computers so the naked eye just shouldn’t be trusted too much.