Jack Black Denies 'Hobbit' Rumors, Will Not Play Bilbo

He is the clue finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. He was chosen for the lucky number. He comes from the end of a bag, but no bag goes over him. He is the Barrel-rider.

Bilbo Baggins goes by many names in "The Hobbit," but one that he will never be known as is Jack Black, MTV News has learned.

Three days ago, The Daily Express wrote that Scottish actor James McAvoy was in "pole" position to claim the coveted role of Bilbo in Guillermo del Toro's two prequel films, but that Del Toro and producer Peter Jackson were also looking at Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black for the part previously played in "Lord of the Rings" by Ian Holm.

That's news to Black, the actor told MTV News during a Q&A for his new film, "Kung Fu Panda."

"No, no. There's no talk of it," the comic proclaimed, denying the article's validity. "So I'm not gonna talk about it."

For his part, Black said he was a big fan of Del Toro and seemed to indicate that should he eventually be contacted he would be interested. "[But] if I talk about it and I don’t get it, I’ll look like a real fool," he laughed.

What do you think? Does Black’s outright denial cast doubt on the other casting news in the Daily Express article as well? Does this mean no McAvoy either? And with Black out, who would you like to see cast in the iconic role (assuming, that is, that Ian Holm doesn’t return)? The field is wide open; sound off below.

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