The final bits of casting are being locked down for the currently shooting “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in New Zealand via Facebook.
Along with word of Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman and Benedict Cumberbatch voicing Smaug the Dragon (and possibly the Necromancer), now director Peter Jackson has given a Facebook update confirming that casting along with two more additions.
On the one hand is “Lost” female lead Evangeline Lily who’ll be playing a new character-the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Jackson says “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas)… we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.”
The other addition is Australian national treasure and comic genius Barry Humphries, best known for playing his famous Dame Edna Everage character for much of the last few decades. Humphries will play the Goblin King, a mo-cap performance akin to Andy Serkis as Gollum.
Jackson says “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.”
Jackson confirms that they’ve finished the first block of shooting and have moved straight into location scouting. Lily and Humphries will join the production for the second block of shooting.
Evans and Cumberbatch are expected to head to New Zealand to begin work once they respectively wrap up WWE thriller “No One Lives” in New Orleans and the second season of “Sherlock” in the UK.