I'm a little late with this one but I'm still excited for the potential. Back in June Peter Jackson announced on Facebook the casting of Australian comedian Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) and Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Hurt Locker) in the Hobbit films. Barry will play the Goblin King while Evangeline will play a new elf character named Tauriel. It was rumored that Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Lovely Bones) had been linked for the role and the new heroine would see quite a bit of action in the two films.
The actors join an impressive cast that includes Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Sylvester McCoy, James Nesbitt and Mikael Persbrandt. Along with returners like Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Kate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood.