Peter Jackson to Announce Hobbit Casting at Comic-Con?


Empire talked to District 9 producer Peter Jackson, who will be making his first Comic-Con appearance next week to promote the August 14 release. There’s been rumors that he’s also going so that he can also announce who will play Bilbo Baggins in the two “Hobbit” films, but he tells the magazine that’s not the case.

“No, we won’t be announcing Bilbo for a little while,” Jackson said. “We’re starting to think about casting, but we’re knee-deep in the script right now. And when we do go to actors, they’re probably going to ask to see a script, so we’re powering ahead with getting the first draft done.”

The reports said that “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe, Wanted star James McAvoy and “Doctor Who” actor David Tennant were all in the running for the role.

Jackson is producing Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, but what may his next directing job be after The Lovely Bones?

“We are developing a couple of projects which are potentially films that I’d direct for next year. ‘Temeraire’ is still on the cards. But those are really taking a second place at the moment…”

Temeraire is an adaptation of Naomi Novik’s fantasy saga, in which French and English forces wage the Napoleonic wars with enormous battle-dragons.