On Sunday, director Peter Jackson announced via Twitter that Evangeline Lilly will be added to the cast of his upcoming two-part film adaptation of The Hobbit. Best known for her work as Kate on Lost, Lilly will be portraying a new character.
In his tweet, Jackson said, “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.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film in the series, will be released on Dec. 14, 2012, and the sequel, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is set to be released on Dec. 13, 2013.