Why him? He’s been a rumoured favourite for ages, with lots of sources claiming “studio bosses” want him.
Of course, it’s all been so much chaff in the wind to date, but he does have fantasy film experience (in The Chronicles Of Narnia) and he can pull off a convincing English accent despite his Scots burr.
There’s a reason he’s rumoured so much – he’s great and would be a superb Bilbo.
Why not him? He’s also a busy working actor – would he have the time to commit to such a huge project?
We’d like to think he’d agree to work with Guillermo del Toro, but unlike the largely unknown LOTR cast, he’s a man in demand.