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Evangeline Lilly an Elf For ‘The Hobbit’

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Another cast member has been signed on for a role in Peter Jackson’s upcoming film, “The Hobbit.” This cast member will come in the form of “Lost” star Evangeline Lilly, who will be performing in the film as an elf. Lilly is known for her performance in a variety of roles, both in television series and films, which include “Smallville” (five episodes 2002-2004), “Lost” (lead role 2004-2010), “Afterwards(2008), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), and an upcoming film called “Real Steel.”

According to NBC News, Lilly’s new role will be acting as the Woodland Elf character Tauriel. On his Facebook, Jackson stated that her name means “daughter of Mirkwood” and that he will be leaving us guess on the rest.

There were many rumors flying around from the film fan sites of a possible romance between Tauriel and their favorite male elf, Legolas. No love for Elrond? Jackson quickly stopped the rumors by stating that there will be a romantic connection between the two. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackson had stated that they are thrilled to have her for this role and that she will be the person to “bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.”

The producer was also excited to release news of another actor that has joined the cast, Barry Humphries, known for appearing in numerous performances since the late sixties, will be playing the role as the Goblin King. Humphries is recognized for his alter-ego connections as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. Jackson states that they are looking forward to seeing Humphries portray the Goblin King in the same way Gollum was portrayed by Andy Serkis.

The other new cast members include Luke Evans, playing the role of Bard, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing the role of the giant greedy dragon Smaug. “The Hobbit”’s cast will include many of the original “Lord of The Rings” members, such as Ian McKellen for his Gandalf role, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, and others. The film’s dual parts are to be released in theaters December 2012 and 2013.

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