The Hobbit Adds Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries

Peter Jackson is taking this whole social networking thing seriously, which is good news for those of you dying to know every little bit of news from the director’s New Zealand set of “The Hobbit”. Jackson has recently updated fans about the progress of “The Hobbit” movies via Facebook (he’s finished “first block of shooting and moved straight into location scouting”), and has announced two new additions to the cast (as well as confirming the recent additions of Luke Evans as Bard and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug).

Up first, “Lost’s” Evangeline Lilly (also in the upcoming “Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman”) will play a new character name Tauriel, a Woodland Elf whose name means “daughter of Mirkwood”. Lilly is following in the footsteps of her “Lost” co-star and one-time beau Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry on the three “Lord of the Rings” films before landing on The Island. Hoping to cut off fan rumors, Jackman says Lilly’s character has no connection to Orlando Bloom’s Legolas, who will also be making an appearance in the prequels, though it’s unclear how big of a role that will be.

The other new castmember is Barry Humphries, who will be playing The Goblin King, “in much the way Andy Serkis created Gollum.” You might better know Humphries as his alter ego, Dame Edna Everage. Or not.