Evangeline Lilly & Barry Humphries Join the Cast of 'The Hobbit', Too

June 19, 2011
Source: Facebook

Evangeline Lilly & Barry Humphries

Some interesting casting news that Peter Jackson decided to unveil on Father's Day (in the US). Jackson took to his Facebook again for an update, in the process revealing two more major casting announcements for his already-underway adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Playing a new character, a Woodland Elf named Tauriel, is Canadian actress and "Lost" regular Evangeline Lilly, in her next big film role after Real Steel. Additionally, Australian voice and character actor Barry Humphries will portray the Goblin King from the story as Jackson says, "in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum." More great additions!

I think it's best to just let you hear what PJ himself said in his post about casting both Lilly and Humphries:

"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!"

Those other two, Luke Evans as Bard, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, were confirmed earlier this week, as it sounds like they're trying to wrap up casting for both movies (An Unexpected Journey in 2012, There and Back Again in 2013) so they can move full-force into shooting for the rest of the year. I'm intrigued to see a brand new character implemented as a key part of the story, as this might indicate they're really expanding upon what was in the book and adding a lot to make it cinematic and feel directly a part of the Lord of the Rings world. All of the casting has been spot on so far, and I trust in PJ, so whatever he's up to, bring it on. We'll keep you updated on The Hobbit as shooting continues down in New Zealand.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Evangeline Lilly dated a Hobbit and now she is casted as an Elf, I think someone has a LOTR fetish.

Darkside_Dan on Jun 19, 2011


lol, I agree.

Xerxexx on Jun 19, 2011


And knowing that makes her even hotter than she already is...!

Alex Billington on Jun 19, 2011


this. is. fantastic.

Josh on Jun 19, 2011


loving it 😀

A5J4DX on Jun 19, 2011


Great casting! In fact Epic casting! also great pic of Lilly... gorgeous! 

Xerxexx on Jun 19, 2011


Tauriel? -_- in PJ we trust in PJ we trust in PJ we trust in PJ we trust...

Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011


Ahhhh. Evangeline. She looks like an elf... 

Quanah on Jun 20, 2011


Nice.. Evangeline Lilly will be smexy elf.

john s on Jun 20, 2011


Now Barry Humphries as the goblin king is just a superb piece of casting. He will fucking destroy that role, and I never would have picked him for it.

Lebowski on Jun 20, 2011


Sounds GR R REAT!

Loser on Jun 20, 2011



Furious911 on Jun 20, 2011


I`ve always thought Evangeline or Olivia Wilde would make for a great Modesty Blaise.

Loser on Jun 20, 2011


Can't wait for those elf ears. Hell, I didn't know she had ears.

97point6 on Jun 21, 2011

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