Evangeline Lilly & Barry Humphries Join ‘The Hobbit’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:12 am,

Peter Jackson and his production team are currently “taking a break” from shooting The Hobbit to focus on some editing/effects work – and do some location scouting for the next filming period in August. This has also allowed Jackson the opportunity to announce what he says should be the last bit of “major casting” for the two-movie project.

That “last” bit of Hobbit casting news concerns the addition of Lost star Evangeline Lilly as a lovely elf and Parkinson‘s Dame Edna Everage (a.k.a. actor Barry Humphries) as the Goblin King/Great Goblin whose forces capture the young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his fellow dwarf comrades as they journey to the Lonely Mountain.

Jackson once again announced the news via his Facebook page, describing Lilly’s Hobbit persona as “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.)”

The director also announced that Humphries (who many of you probably know best as the voice of Bruce the shark in Finding Nemo) would be portraying the Goblin King “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum… with the delicate sensitivity and emotional depth this character deserves.” That presumably means he’ll be donning more traditional makeup and prosthetics to play the Goblin leader, rather than a mo-cap getup similar to what Serkis wears to portray Gollum – or that Benedict Cumberbatch will put on to play the vicious dragon Smaug.

A goblin in Lord of the Rings Evangeline Lilly & Barry Humphries Join The Hobbit

A goblin from ‘Lord of the Rings’

Here’s a roundup of the casting announcements (not including Lilly and Humphries) and official confirmations for The Hobbit that have occurred since the project officially began production this past March:

  • Lord of the Rings stars Orlando Bloom and Hugo Weaving as the elfish archer Legolas and Elf king Elrond, respectively
  • Fellow Lord of the Rings veteran Ian Holm as an elderly Bilbo Baggins
  • Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown
  • Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug and the Necromancer
  • Dean O’Gorman as the dwarf Fili
  • Lee Pace as the elven King Thrandull
  • Bret McKenzie as the fan-favorite elf Figwit (?)

Between all these (and more) stellar cast members, the technical wizardry being employed to bring this new Middle-Earth tale to life, and Jackson & Co.’s obvious passion for and adoration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s source material, there’s more than plenty of reason to be excited about these Hobbit films. They will be an undoubtedly different cinematic adventure than the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but hopefully, just as imaginative and creative too.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters close to a year later on December 13th, 2013.

Source: Peter Jackson

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  1. Wow. Dame Edna in the Hobbit. Can it get any worse? Oh yes, there is a director who didnt want to direct the project, the addition of LOTR actors just for the sake of it, Benedict Cumberbatch playing two roles and why is that? Oh yeah, and the pretty chick from Lost playing a character that isnt in the book.

    • LMAO. Still looking forward to the movie though, should be fun.

      • Lets hope so. I had much more faith in this when Del Toro was directing.

        • Yeah, I agree that Del Toro would have made a better movie. But hey, Jackson directed the previous movies and he did an outstanding job. I don’t think this is a miss, at least for now.

          • I’m not saying it’s a miss at all. I’m just not that exciting anymore, I think it was including Orlando Bloom that tipped the scales for me, I despise him as an actor. Got all the talent and charisma of three week old elephant dung.

  2. I’m excited for this despite the problems it’s had, I trust Peter Jackson. I mean after the Lord of the Rings how could anyone not?

    Just wish it was coming out sooner!!!

    • I don’t trust him. I hated certain parts of Return Of The King.

      • Really? He did a far better job than i had previously thought possible and I think the hobbit is much more suited to being adapted for film than lord of the rings, so in theory it should work!

        • I agree with you about the Hobbit being better suited for an adaptation, but there’s no denying it isnt a long book and I worry about it being split into two movies when it arguably doesnt need to be.

          • Woah, calm down. So you’re a little unsure about it.
            It’s quite possible that The Hobbit’s been split into two parts for the sheer fact that Jackson may add bits to fill the gap between The Hobbit and LOTRs – hence why Orlando Bloom has been recast?

            I personally no doubt Jackson and his teams ability to make The Hobbit. Watching an exclusive behind the scenes clip just shows how enthusiastic and behind the project they all are.
            Plus with Jackson returning you definitely won’t see the directing differences if The Hobbit had another director, which is good cause then The Hobbit will feel like it fits naturally into place.

  3. I think you unfaithful bastards forget that Peter Jackson made a movie out of a book, which is not easy when we talk friggin’ Lord of the Rings. He did an awesome job and none, not even Del Toro, could’ve pulled it better off, i’m sure. Why? Because Peter had it all planned out for several years.

  4. This sounds great! I’ll watch Lilly in anything. As for Jackson being at the helm of this movie I cannot even express how excited this makes me! I think keeping the director that made the greatest trilogy from the greatest books ever is a pretty solid move. Plus Jackson is so passionate about this material. With him keeping the tone and scope of LOTR is going to make this seem like such a fluid adaptation. As for adding in the previous LoTR characters I’m all for it! I would love to see those characters interact once more on screen. Listen, it’s called an adaptation for a reason. It’s not supposed to be 100% accurate to the book. I myself love it when a director or writer has some free roam to explore the world and characters they loved! I’m excited and can’t wait to see what Jackson has in store for this one! EPIC!

  5. Evangeline Lilly? That one who couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag? Yikes.

    • Yes, I agree with you. She’s undeniably easy on the eyes. But hardly what i would call a good actress.

  6. Evangeline Lilly is a good actress. Sure, she wasn’t perfect on LOST but she did well with the material given to her.

  7. I’ll probably get shot to S*$% for this but Elf king Elrond the elven King Thrandull whats the difference ??? and as for Humphries i’d say inspired choice he looks abit like a goblin :)

    • Elrond is the King of the Noldor, Lord of Imladris and Thranduil is the King of Mirkwood, Son of Oropher Lord of the Silvan

      • thanks for clearing that up for me :)

  8. Wow, no offense to everyone’s opinions. I think this negativity is unwarranted. Everything about this movie is coming together in a perfect way. I just recently rewatched LOTR and forgot just how incredible of adaptations they were. PJ has given me no reason to doubt that this will be a great adaptation to the hobbit (as well as the additional history of middle earth) as well as a emotional story with creative and incredible visuals. And I could be wrong, but these added characters don’t sound like they’ll affect the original story too much. Come on guys, the hobbit is HAPPENING with Peter Jackson, and his original technical and screenwriting with crew with influence from Del Toro. I couldn’t be more excited, and I won’t stop being excited unless I actually see the movies and they suck.

  9. There’s a definite difference in tone and target audience between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. Will they stay faithful to the book and risk disappointing the LotR returnees or ‘adapt’ it to meet expectations.

    I suppose we’ll see…

    • I think its fair to say that they will be catering for the LOTR crowd, hence the inculsion of characters that werent in the book and new made up characters.

      Every time LOTR stumbled was when it deviated from the book.

  10. That great news I love Lilly!!

  11. Well, Evangeline Lilly will make a good-looking elf, at least, just like Orlando Bloom did (and really, all he had to do was stand around in that elvish make-up and shoot arrows to make girls swoon.)

    Humphries looks like he’d make a great goblin, too.

    I’m still excited for these movies.

  12. Us Aussies know how great an actor Humphries is.. Inspired casting! No comment on Lily until I see the performance.
    Remember when Serkis was totally unknown and even the cast thought ‘who’s this idiot running around in a gimp suit’? Let it play out. Jackson knows what he’s doing.
    Hey I like Del Toro too but Hellboy didn’t exactly change the world, and Del Toro left to complete his other projects that we’ve all been seeing in the meantime… oh, hang on…
    Jackson wanted to move on too but has committed himself heart and soul for all of us fans. Let’s show the man some respect and love, in exchange for his respect and love of us.

  13. Evangeline Lilly is an incredible actress! Will absolutely be looking forward to seeing her in it.