“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Against my better judgement (okay, not really) I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

By adding Bilbo Baggins to his filmography, I think Martin Freeman is officially defining his career in the role of the Universal English Everyman, the straight man to wonders: John Watson, Arthur Dent, even Tim, his breakout role on the original version of The Office. Next up: Newton Pulsifer from Good Omens?◼