Monday, 20 June 2011

Hobbit Casting News - Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lily & Dame Edna Everage!

New Hobbit movie casting news hit the web today via Peter Jackson's official Facebook page which confirmed the hiring of Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, Immortals) who will play 'Bard', Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) will voice 'Smaug the Dragon' and Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Real Steel) has also joined as new character, 'Tauriel' (possibly Legolas' sister).

Jackson also announced that Dame Edna Everage's alter ego Barry Humphries will be playing (via motion capture) and voicing the 'Goblin King'... I'm trying to picture that in my head but although I love the guy I just can't at this time!

Here's the entire announcement:

Yikes! I can finally get back to some postings! We’ve finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting. More on that soon… But today, I’m thrilled to announce two new cast members who will be joining us for our second block of shooting. 

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! 

More soon, including a flurry of answers to your questions. Sorry for the delay! 

Peter J

And just because it's related... Here's a pic of the forever stunning Evangeline Lily!

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