Director Guillermo del Toro's new journey to Middle Earth is still in the casting stage and one actor recently revealed he tried out for the director. Britain's Telegraph recently profiled Watchmen actor Matthew Goode, who also starred in the critically-acclaimed A Single Man, and Goode told the site that he auditioned for The Hobbit. Here's an excerpt from the article.

Now he's a father, Goode doesn't even like travelling that much. But just before we met, he'd auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro's two-part film of The Hobbit. As he is the first to admit, he's not an obvious choice - 'Look at the size of me for Christ's sake!' If he got the part, he would, he says, find it almost impossible to refuse - despite the fact that it would involve him spending several months in New Zealand.
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The last we heard about the film was that the release date might be pushed yet again to 2012, but it's still not clear if the film will be released in 2011 or 2012. Guillermo del Toro is directing from a script he is co-writing with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any and all updates surrounding The Hobbit as soon as we have more information.