Peter Jackson spent the weekend adding original characters to The Hobbit storyline. Not only can we expect to see the cast of the original trilogy return. Jackson has found a way to shoehorn in a few more.
“Lost’s” Evangeline Lilly will call upon her talent of looking ethereal for the role of Tauriel, a Woodland Elf from the Mirkwood forest. She’s a completely new character and it was also noted that she’s not a love interest for Legolas. Which I’m sure that isn’t helping Legolas squash any rumors about himself. He’ll date when he finds the right girl, Dad!!
The character actor best known for portraying Dame Edna, Barry Humphries, has also joined the project. He’ll play the Goblin King via Gollum-like motion capture. This character also did not appear in the books, rather the video game The Lord Of The Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth II. Filmmakers will be going the more lizard-eyed, jagged tooth route with this character and less in the direction of David Bowie with a feathered wig. (Peter Jackson)