Peter Jackson announced yesterday on his Facebook page that The Hobbit cast will be joined by Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage). Besides a couple of no-name people playing rinky-dink parts, I think that about rounds out the casting for this movie. Phew! What a whirlwind it has been.
Tauriel will be introduced in the group of Sylvan elves that Bilbo, Gandalf and their band of dwarves encounter in Mirkwood forest. In Jacksonese, this means that they’ve decided to shamelessly expand slash completely invent without foundation, a female character. I really don’t have a problem with him taking liberties, I’m just curious as to what role she will play. He explicitly stated in his Facebook post that she would have “no romantic connection to Legolas.” This says, to me, that she will have no romantic connection to anyone; because the only main characters left are Gollum, hobbits, dwarves, and a gay wizard. My only real reaction to this casting news, having never seen Lost, is that she really already looks like an elf.
Barry Humphries, on the other hand, will be playing the Goblin King. Goblins are the same thing as Orcs, for those not in the know. What do we know about Barry Humphries? Well, he’s famous for playing a woman for the last half century – Dame Edna. Despite this, when he wants to, he has a very deep and commanding voice, as evidenced by his talents voicing ‘Bruce the Shark’ in Pixar’s Finding Nemo. The way Jackson describes him, Barry does acting jobs as more of a hobby in “his spare time.” My reaction? I didn’t pay attention to who played the Orcs in The Lord of the Rings, I don’t intend to pay much attention to their King in The Hobbit.
I am neither underwhelmed nor overwhelmed by these casting announcements. I am just ‘whelmed.’ Which I’m pretty sure is a word in Europe. What did you all think?
If you missed the previous casting announcements, check them out here.