Entertainment Weekly have released our first official look at Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The actress plays Tauriel, an elf warrior who is “reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill”.
Fans of the book won’t be familiar with the character as she was created for the films. While The Lord of the Rings had Arwen, Galadriel, and Éowyn in prominent roles, The Hobbit novel doesn’t contain any women characters at all. Director Peter Jackson has already included Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel in the story, and Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel will be joining her.
According to the actress:
“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 doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.”
Lilly also said her character will have a love story, but it’s not a “huge focus”. We can expect Tauriel and Orlando Bloom’s Legolas to share some screen time as their relationship is “significant” and the two have “known each other since they were children”. The creative team have created a back-story for the character so she can easily fit into Middle Earth, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves on-screen.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released December 2013, followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again December 2014.