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Lost's Evangeline Lilly joins Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, Barry Humphries to play the Goblin King

06.20.2011

Director Peter Jackson continues adding bodies to his HOBBIT films. Hot off the heels from last week's casting of Smaug and Bard, the latest straight from the the Kiwi filmmaker himself is that "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly (REAL STEEL) and Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna Everage) have been cast as Woodland Elf 'Tauriel' and the 'Goblin King' respectively. Here's Jackson (via Facebook):

Yikes! I can finally get back to some postings! We've finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting. More on that soon... But today, I'm thrilled to announce two new cast members who will be joining us for our second block of shooting.

Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.

I'm also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, Barry is also a fine actor, and we're looking forward to seeing him invest the Goblin King with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.


So we're getting a brand new character addition on top of what looks to be another motion-captured performance. While the latter isn't exactly surprising considering PJ's proclivity towards using tech, what do you guys make of the filmmakers' decision to create a new character? Will 'Tauriel' serve a larger purpose come the second film THERE AND BACK AGAIN? Let us know what you think!

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens December 14, 2012.
Extra Tidbit: This wouldn't be Lilly's first encounter with a Hobbit...
Source: Peter Jackson

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