Daniel Radcliffe? David Tennant? Vote on the best star for ‘The Hobbit’


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The Hobbit Who doesn’t love a good casting rumor? The whisper we keep hearing in recent days is that the name of the lead star in Guillermo del Toro’sThe Hobbit” will be announced next week at Comic-Con International.

A few people also point out that David Tennant, one of the purported candidates for the role of Bilbo Baggins, just happens to be making his very first trip to the San Diego expo to promote “Doctor Who,” a television series that he will soon be leaving behind. Peter Jackson, the producer of the two-film “Hobbit” series that begins its theater run in 2011, is also slated to appear this year, and, well you can see the dot-connecting possibilities. ...


I think Tennant would be exceptional in the role, but I’m even more enthused about the notion of seeing James McAvoy portray the itinerant Bilbo. The Scotsman has shown amazing versatility in roles in “Atonement,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “Wanted,” and, in the fantasy sector, there was McAvoy’s memorable turn as Mr. Tumnus in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Daniel Radcliffe, who is now filming the final two “Harry Potter” films, has been mentioned, too, as has roly-poly funnyman Jack Black (that has to be a joke, right? We’ve seen that before..). Who do you think would be the best to visit the Shire? Vote below or use the comments section to post a name.

-- Geoff Boucher


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CREDIT: Daniel Radcliffe in 2008 photographed by Junko KimuraI/Getty Images.