The Hobbit director Peter Jackson has an official announcement to make for Middle Earth: Martin Freeman will in fact play Bilbo Baggins.

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For the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Peter can now confirm that Martin will play Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshielf, MTV Movies Blog reports.

“Despite the various rumors and speculation surround this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” the director said. “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave — exactly like Bilbo, and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”

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“Richard is one of the most exciting and dynamic actors working on screen today and we know he is going to make an amazing Thorin Oakenshield,” he added. “We cannot wait to start this adventure with him and feel very lucky that one of the most beloved characters in Middle-Earth is in such good hands.”

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