"Lost" Star Evangeline Lilly to Play Elf in "The Hobbit"

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It looks like a ‘Lost’ alum, Evangeline Lilly, has found a new role in director Peter Jackson‘s ‘The Hobbit.’

Jackson announced the casting via Facebook, “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,” he continued.

Jackson also announced the casting of Australian actor Barry Humphries (a.k.a. his alter ego, the purple bewigged, sparkly-spectacles aficionado Dame Edna) in the project.

Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum,” Jackson said. He added that Humphries, who also lent his voice to Bruce the Shark in ‘Finding Nemo,’ is “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 shared, “We’ve finished our first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting,” and that these new cast members are joining the production for its “second block of shooting.”

The Hobbit is set for a December 2012 release.

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