We have three more confirmed cast members to tell you about today. Firstly, Deadline.com discovered that Luke Evans has got the part of Bard the Bowman. Then Pater Jackson updated his Facebook page again, this time to reveal that Lost’s Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character named Tauriel, and that Barry Humphries [aka Dame Edna Everage!] has been cast as The Goblin King. This is from Jackson’s post:
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.
I’m also highly excited that Barry Humphries will be portraying the Goblin King, in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum. Barry is perhaps best known for his business and social connections as the long-time manager of Dame Edna Everage. He has also been an ardent supporter of the rather misunderstood and unfairly maligned Australian politician, Sir Les Patterson. However, in his spare time, 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.