On Sunday, “Lost” actress Evangaline Lilly was officially announced as a cast member in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, the two-part production now in month four of a scheduled 14-month shoot. Lilly is joined by recent additions Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Barry Humphries.
Lilly will play a “Woodland Elf” named Tauriel, a new character written into Middle Earth by Jackson and his cohorts. Her involvement in the story remains a secret, but Jackson added on Facebook, “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.” As part of her quasi-retirement, the 31-year-old actress has limited her film roles since the disappointing culmination of “Lost” to focus on other ventures, like a series of children’s books. Aside from her new pointy-eared Hobbit part, Lilly’s only other movie is Real Steel with Hugh Jackman.
Cumberbatch will lend the all-important voice of Smaug, a dragon encountered by Bilbo and his party on their epic journey. Evans will play Bard the Bowman, a skilled archer and subject of obvious nicknames. Humphries will play the Goblin King using the same motion-capture techniques as Andy Serkis’ Gollum.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set for December 14, 2012 and the second part, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is planned for December 13, 2013.