Martin Freeman keen for Hobbit role

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October 11th, 2010

Martin Freeman is still keen to play Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit'.

The British actor wants to portray the character and hopes the schedule for the film and his TV show 'Sherlock' can be worked out so he can appear in both.

He said: "They are as yet rumours, but stranger things have happened.

"I did have to say no to it for the second series of 'Sherlock' but if something could be worked out, that would be great."

Martin believes there was room for manoeuvre on both projects but he was not holding out for it to work.

He told Empire Online "If there is an outside possibility then that would be great. But I've learned not to think too much or hope too much about stuff. It will happen if it happens."

'The Hobbit' has seen a number of problems in the last year, with the original director Guillermo del Toro leaving and financing issues from MGM studios leading to production being halted on the project.

The movie's executive producer Peter Jackson revealed late last week the cast and crew are still waiting for the "green light" on the film.

He said: "We are nowhere different to any other reports or conversations.

"We haven't got a green light yet. We're still waiting. Things still seem to be inching closer to some sort of happy place. I keep hearing that so many times now I've stopped tuning into it."