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Final Hobbit cast members revealed

21st June 2011

The cast list for The Hobbit is now complete, with the role of the evil Goblin King, the dragon Smaug and Tauriel all now filled.

Barry Humphries, perhaps most famous for portraying Dame Edna Everage, will play the Goblin King. However, his character will be mostly computer generated, similar to how Andy Serkis portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films.

The Australian comedian's inclusion was publically endorsed by Peter Jackson, director of The Hobbit, who said he was 'highly excited' about the casting decision.

Meanwhile, Lost actress Evangeline Lilly has joined the cast as Tauriel, the woodland elf, with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch completing the line-up as the iconic Smaug.

Jackson commented: '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!'

The announcement comes just three weeks after Jackson announced the official titles and release dates of the two films which will comprise the big screen adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's tale.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in December next year, just before the Christmas holiday, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is currently scheduled for release in December 2013.

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