It's good to know that some forward momentum is being made on The Hobbit despite the labor disputes that are tripping up the film's location. The first round of casting has been announced and you're going to be psyched. But only if you're knowledgeable about British television. Here's who we got so far:

Martin Freeman (UK "The Office") as Bilbo Baggins

Richard Armitage ("Spooks") as Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf leader

Aidan Turner ("Being Human") as Kili

Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders") as Fili

Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin

John Callen ("Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin

Stephen Hunter ("All Saints") as Bombur

Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori

Peter Hambleton ("The Strip") as Gloin


Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have not been confirmed to return, but that announcement is expected. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant are all also rumored to be up for parts. But I think the biggest news to come out of this is that there's a show called "Power Rangers Jungle Fury" and it actually lead to someone getting more work. (Deadline)