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Evangeline Lilly Joins the Cast of "The Hobbit"

Posted Monday June 20, 2011 12:27 PM GMT

Joining next year's highly-anticipated fantasy flick, Evangeline Lilly has officially signed on to star in "The Hobbit."

The "Lost" actress is set to play a new character in the two-movie version of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel - as she'll be portraying a woodland elf named Tauriel.

The film's director, Peter Jackson, offered up a few bits and pieces of information about the new addition to his Facebook page, writing, "Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!"

Jackson further teased, “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."

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