It sounds unlikely to me, but
I recently got a tip that during promoting the film BROTHERS at the Four Seasons in New York last month, Tobey Maguire was having a conversation and was asked which director he would like to work with next? [sic]
Tobey’s answer? “Gullermo Del Toro”
Know what else Tobey said?
“We may have something here in the near future.”
Could Peter Parker be playing Bilbo Baggins?
STOP GIVING ME THE THIRD DEGREE!
I checked with agency sources and yep, it’s true!
Apparently, we’re in the early stages of talks between CAA and the producers of the Hobbit film for Tobey to topline the film as Bilbo Baggins!
Again, right now it’s that – just dialogue taking place between the respective parties.
Tobey hasn’t been cast and an offer hasn’t been made. It’s just talks.
Even I was skeptical because wait a minute, wasn’t Spider-man 4 and 5 supposed to shoot back to back?
I did my due diligence and according to a source inside Sony, Spiderman-4 and 5 IS NOT SHOOTING back to back. So technically speaking, Tobey is available after shooting Spiderman 4 which is slated to begin shooting Winter 2010. The first Hobbit film is slated to start shooting mid-summer 2010.
If you think about it, a star like Tobey Maguire would make sense and provide a comfort zone for the WB because both The Hobbit films are going to be very expensive.
It doesn’t sound likely to me, because when Spider-Man 4 was announced, the story was that Maguire wanted mornings and evenings off, which doesn’t sound to me like a guy dying to headline another franchise movie. Then again, money talks, bullsh-t walks, coffee is for closers, and lunch is for faggots and all that stuff. Have I mentioned I don’t really care?