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Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
She's playing an elf...

20 June 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Peter Jackson

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Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit

While Peter Jackson and the rest of the Hobbit team have now completed their first block of shooting on the two movies that comprise the adventure, it appears there’s still some room for news, as Jackson hit Facebook today to announce that Lost’s Evangeline Lilly and, even more intriguingly, Barry Humphries, are joining the cast.

Lilly, still best known for her work as Kate on the island-set mystery/sci-fi series (though she'll be seen in the upcoming Real Steel), has signed on to play a new character that Jackson describes in his latest posting thusly: “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.)"

Humphries, meanwhile, is the man behind Aussie comedy character Dame Edna Everage. But Edna, possibly the world’s most famous housewife, will not be showing up in Middle-earth. Instead, Humphries is on to play the Goblin King, utilising Gollum-style performance capture.

Between these two and the recent casting of Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch, Jackson reports that he’s filled pretty much all the major roles on the film. Now we just want to see footage…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will amble into cinemas on December 14 next year, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2013.


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RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
Are you guys just making this up? It doesn't seem like the most natural fit. But I'll admit I loved the work of Evangeline Lilly in Lost. _____________________________ I live at home with my twins Friends Cookierl=http://hubpages.com/hub/FurReal_GoGo_My_Walkin _Pup]furreal gogo my walkin pupare adorable. More

Posted by iamangel at 00:39 on 24 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why?
L: Knight of Fury L: doubtlesswonder L: Knight of Fury Do we really need extra characters in this? Does Jackson think that 13 Dwarves, a Wizard and a Hobbit plus sundry other characters (many of whom plucked from other Middle Earth books) is simply not enough for a big popcorn movie? Come on man........ ell, perhaps they needed some extra characters for the second film, which is bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. t has already been sta More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 20:59 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why?
One of the things I genuinely disliked about the Lord Of The Rings films was the extra, superfluous crap Jackson chucked in, presumably because he felt no story can exist without a love interest and so-on. I'm beginning to worry that there's a chance The Hobbit could make those films look like the most faithful adaptations in the history of cinema. More

Posted by superdan at 20:38 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why?
L: doubtlesswonder L: Knight of Fury Do we really need extra characters in this? Does Jackson think that 13 Dwarves, a Wizard and a Hobbit plus sundry other characters (many of whom plucked from other Middle Earth books) is simply not enough for a big popcorn movie? Come on man........ ell, perhaps they needed some extra characters for the second film, which is bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. t has already been stated that the second film More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 20:31 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

Great!
I think Barry Humphries is inspired casting! Can't wait to see the Goblin King in his lair! :-)... Evangeline Lilly is also a great choice for an elf maiden...I am really, really looking forward to the Hobbit films! More

Posted by IMac at 01:37 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Why?
L: Knight of Fury Do we really need extra characters in this? Does Jackson think that 13 Dwarves, a Wizard and a Hobbit plus sundry other characters (many of whom plucked from other Middle Earth books) is simply not enough for a big popcorn movie? Come on man........ ell, perhaps they needed some extra characters for the second film, which is bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 00:53 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
L: MonsterCat OK, one of the exiest ses in movie history just got a little bit sexier. Apart from that one scene in The Hurt Locker has she done anything outside of Lost? Are we talking presently or from previous films? Viggo, Sean (bean), Keith, Cate, Liv - Sod Orlando! -  It's like an epic calander!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:29 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

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Stephen Fry and now Barry Humphries, it feels just a bit like they're casting the first $500 million budget BBC panel show. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 19:53 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Saying that
Delighted that Barry's playing the Goblin King More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 18:15 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Why?
Do we really need extra characters in this? Does Jackson think that 13 Dwarves, a Wizard and a Hobbit plus sundry other characters (many of whom plucked from other Middle Earth books) is simply not enough for a big popcorn movie? Come on man........ More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 18:14 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Is she not a little short? No matter, I guess. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 18:03 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Not only is she a good actress, she's smokin' too. She also kind of looks like Liv Tyler so her casting as an elf is perfect. More

Posted by Whistler at 17:42 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

Goblin King...
Needs a Les Paterson flava... More

Posted by danbo1138 at 17:10 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

It's all about who you know
Didn't she used to go out with the guy who played Merry? Interesting... More

Posted by aye_min at 14:10 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
L: elab49 I thought she'd decided not to start acting? Um, I mean, 'continue'. /quote] ant! More

Posted by ErisLovesMovies at 14:06 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

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Posted by elab49 at 13:45 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
L: elab49 I thought she'd decided not to start acting? Um, I mean, 'continue'. /quote] Saucer of milk for Elab, please. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:44 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
I thought she'd decided not to start acting? Um, I mean, 'continue'. More

Posted by elab49 at 13:16 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
OK, one of the least sexiest franchises in movie history just got a little bit sexier. Apart from that one scene in The Hurt Locker has she done anything outside of Lost? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 12:40 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Evangeline Lilly Joins The Hobbit
I don't care who she's playing, if she's in it I'm watching it... ] More

Posted by QuietLife at 10:58 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

This can't be right. She's never been on the BBC! More

Posted by Alistair at 10:56 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

CGI Goblins?
It's a shame they're going down the CGI route for goblins (or at least this character). The costume and make up goblins in LoTR were fantastic, so this seems like a backwards step to me. I remember when Guillermo was set to direct, he said he wanted less CGI and more animatronic stuff. Look's like Jackson has ditched this approach. More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 10:29 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

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First Charlie and now Kate! Seems to be a very Lostie friendly universe they're establishingAnd yes, I know he wasn't Charlie yet, but still... More

Posted by xzynomorpher at 08:56 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

I'm so happy Barry's gonna be in it. I hope he's recognisable under all the CGI. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 08:05 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

The Hershey Highway
She looks like a young Barbara Hershey in that photo. More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:25 on 20 June 2011 | Report This Post

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