Two new cast members to 'The Hobbit' couldn't hail from more different pop culture places: 'Lost' and the drag universe of Dame Edna.
Via his Facebook page, director Peter Jackson today announced the casting of 'Lost' alum Evangeline Lilly and Australian actor Barry Humphries (aka his alter ego, the purple bewigged, sparkly-spectacles aficionado Dame Edna).
Lilly won't be playing a hobbit, like her ex-boyfriend (and 'Lost' co-star) Dominic Monaghan did in 'The Lord of the Rings' franchise. She's been cast as a new character, a woodland elf named Tauriel. Jackson is coy about the role, which was apparently written just for the film.
"Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing," Jackson teased in his post, although he did clarify, "No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas [Orlando Bloom].
"What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is," Jackson added. "We are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."
Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King "in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum," Jackson said. He added that Humphries, who also lent his voice to Bruce the Shark in 'Finding Nemo,' is "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."
Jackson shared, "We've finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting," and that these new cast members are joining the production for its "second block of shooting."
These latest additions -- as well as Luke Evans as the Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug the dragon -- "just about rounds out the major casting. I cannot wait to get stuck into these new scenes!" Jackson posted.
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