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Barry Humphries

For all that cynics sneer about Facebook and Twitter, you’ve got to admit that you do get a higher quality stream of insider gossip when it comes from the stars themselves. Especially when they’re involved in making something. Like Peter Jackson’s Facebook updates from the set of The Hobbit, which he appears to be using to generate excitement about the film simply by revealing which actors he’s cast in which role.

Yesterday’s fresh posting was no exception, as he revealed that Evangeline Lilly from Lost will be joining the cast, and Australian comedy legend Barry Humphries who will be playing the Goblin King. If you don’t know who he is, I can’t really begin to explain. Let’s just say he was heavily involved in the career of this person:

Here’s what Peter had to say: “I’m thrilled to announce two new cast members who will be joining us for our second block of shooting.

“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.”

“Evangeline and Barry, along with Welsh actor Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, just about rounds out the major casting. I cannot wait to get stuck into these new scenes!”

And we cannot wait to see them, right?

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By Fraser McAlpine