Barry Humphries cast in The Hobbit
Barry Humphries - he looks nothing like Dame Edna!

More Hobbity news from my Kiwi friend, Melanie McMinn, who blogs at Frugal Kiwi and is an absolute wizard with DIY projects and back-to-basics living.

She sent along a note that Australian actor Barry Humphries, best known for cross-dressing as Dame Edna, will play the CGI-ifized Goblin King, as reported in the New Zealand Herald.

I agree with Melanie — the image of Dame Edna in ‘The Hobbit’ is a hoot. Yeah, we know he won’t BE Dame Edna in the movie, but still… You might also recognize Humphries’ voice as Bruce the Shark in ‘Finding Nemo.’

Evangeline Lilly cast in The Hobbit
Evangeline Lilly as an elf? Pop some ears on her and she's good to go.

Also new in the cast is Evangeline Lilly, best known as Kate/Freckles on ‘[amazon_link id=”B0036EH3WK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Lost[/amazon_link].’ She’ll play a new character — a Woodland Elf named Tauriel.

Evangeline DOES have an elf quality to her, so I think that’s a good fit. But wait, didn’t she say she was quitting acting after ‘Lost’? Hmmm, I guess not. All the better for us ‘Hobbit’ fans.

Welsh actor Luke Evans, who played Apollo in 2010’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ (many apologies for bringing up that movie) will play Bard.

With the first round of shooting over, director Peter Jackson — uh, excuse me, that would be SIR Peter Jackson — has started scouting locations for the second block of shooting. The movie began filming in New Zealand in March and recently added Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.

And this just in! Check out the cover for Empire Magazine. Those guys are the bomb for jumping on stuff first. Love it.

Empire Magazine, The Hobbit cover


    • Hmmm, good question. I don’t believe Liv Tyler — who played Arwen — has been cast in either of the Hobbit movies yet. But her dad, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), is already cast in both movies. Anyone know whether Arwen shows up in The Hobbit (either the book or the movie)?


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