Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) are the latest actors to join the cast of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel. Lilly will play a character written just for the films, a “Woodland Elf” named Tauriel, while Humphries will fill the role of the Goblin King. According to Jackson, the addition of Lilly and Humphries “just about rounds out the major casting.” And in case you were wondering, Jackson specifically states that Tauriel will not be making a love connection with fellow elf Legolas. Read Jackson’s full statement after the jump.

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As Peter Jackson gets the band back together, along with a whole bunch of new cast members, to make The Hobbit, much of the discussion has revolved around the question of splitting the story. Each Lord of the Rings film was based on a specific book by J.R.R. Tolkien, but The Hobbit, which is one book, is going to be split into two movies. Will they simply be called Part One and Part Two like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which are going the same route? Not according to The One Ring.net, which thinks they’ve found two possible subtitles for the films: The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey. Read more after the break. Read More »

There’s a rumor floating around thanks to Deadline that after Cate Blanchett signed to reprise her role as Elf Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, another Elf could be next join the fellowship. That’s right. Orlando Bloom might be back to reprise his role as Legolas in a role that would be “more than a cameo.”

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