Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries Join ‘The Hobbit’

Kate (Evangeline Lilly) from Lost and Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) are joining the cast in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Evangeline will be playing a woodland elf from Mirkwood named Tauriel, who was created just for the movie, and Barry Humphries will be playing the Goblin King. The new recruits pretty much wraps up the major casting announcements for movie. Peter Jackson also says that Evangeline Lilly will not have a romantic relationship with Orlando Bloom’s Legolas.

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.

Evangeline and Barry, along with Welsh actor Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, just about rounds out the major casting. I cannot wait to get stuck into these new scenes!

Did you know? Evangeline Lilly dated Dominic Monaghan during the shoot of Lost. Dom was Merry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Source: The One Ring

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