Evangeline Lilly talks about role as elf warrior in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
We're at the halfway point before the premier of the next Peter Jackson opus, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, so Entertainment Weekly has been kind enough to drop some tidbits about Evangeline Lilly's new character, Tauriel the elf. Never heard of her? That's because she wasn't in J.R.R. Tolkien's book.
Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens created her to bulk up the Mirkwood Forest storyline, and to get a little estrogen into the dwarven adventure. But mostly we think it was to pad out what should have been two movies into three.
“She’s slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill,” Lilly told EW. " “Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard,” Lilly explains. “She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. ... She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.”
There's also some sort of romance storyline involved, potentially with Orlando Bloom's Legolas, but she won't confirm that. Jackson and Co. had to add that, since The Hobbit is a kiddie book and kids don't like the mushy stuff. Boy, that sounds like a recipe for success, don't it?
“I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn’t be in the movie, that it’s a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won’t be right,” Lilly admits. “There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it’s such a fun thing to have added to the film. ... I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it’s Peter, Fran and Phil.” The Juice* thinks Tauriel is probably already on some fanboys' dartboards, if they could play darts.