Evangeline Lilly plays a character never created by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Considering that the elf warrior Tauriel has created by Peter Jackson and his collaborators from scratch, it would make sense that the actress asked to play her would have some kind of input into making her character. As it turned out, Lilly had only one caveat for playing Tauriel, and it was a promise that eventually had to be broke when the Hobbit trilogy went into reshoots last year. So what was the promise, and how was it broke? (more…)
Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has a new still making the rounds on the Internet today and it features everyone’s favorite elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the new female elf created by Jackson for the movie, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). They’re all decked out in traveling clothes and weapons, and we can be sure they’ll be showing off those incredible elven martial arts skills with arrows flying left and right.
What do you think? There was some fan uproar about the addition of new characters to the story, but we’ll only really know how it turns out after the movie hits theaters and we get a look at Tauriel and her part in the saga.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theater screens December 13th.
Reaction videos are such a thing nowadays. I guess firsthand reactions are no longer good enough so we must record others’ reactions, and sometimes, even reactions to those reactions. Which leads to reaction videos of reactions to reaction videos! Causing a never ending cycle of reactions until no one is acting anymore, but only reacting and all life on Earth ceases to be proactive and we die!
Sorry, that whole reaction scenario got away from me. What we’ve got here is one of those ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, but not simply any ‘reacting to a reaction video’ video, this one stars a rather famous trio of elves. Uploaded by some guy, Peter Jackson somebody, is this video of Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, and Lee Pace watching a video of two fans enjoying the hell out of the latest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer.
It’s delightful seeing not only two girls more excited for Smaug than I’ve been for almost anything in my life, but seeing these so often stern elves letting loose and giggling like idiots.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens this December 13th. Hopefully sooner than later Jackson will deign to upload a production diary instead of a video of giddy elves.
We’ve seen glimpses of Tauriel, the elven warrior and brand new character Evangeline Lilly will play in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, but today Entertainment Weekly‘s got our first official look. Yup, that’s a lady elf all right.
Director Peter Jackson and co-writers, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, felt the need to introduce a new character not seen in any of Tolkien’s works to not only expand upon the elves of Mirkwood Forest but to increase the female roles of the story. The Hobbit, the book, contains no women, whatsoever. Speaking to EW, Lilly explains her character,
Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. 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.
She goes on to say, “She will definitely have a love story.” *eye roll* Of course, can’t include a lady and not have her fall in love. Lilly adds, “I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.” I’m hoping said romance won’t be with fellow elf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Besides, he’s got Gimli.
Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.
And Lilly’s got something to say those worried the inclusion of a character not of Tolkien’s will ruin the movies,
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. 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 kind of got prepped for that being on Lost, because we had avid fans who were really extreme in their feelings about the show and its characters. But I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it’s Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world.
I’m definitely excited to meet Tauriel. I want to learn more about the elves, and specifically want to see more of them in these movies. Arwen’s always been a luke-warm character for me, and while I still liked her, I’m looking forward to a elven lady who can kick some ass. And I feel confidant Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens have added her to the story with care, not haphazardly. What are your thoughts about Tauriel? Excited or miffed she’s been added?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres this December 13th.
Watch Out Boys, Evangeline Lilly Describes Her ‘Hobbit’ Character, Tauriel, as “Absolutely Ruthless”
The Hobbit is a book about a group of guys out on an adventure. It’s a classic, a story all children should read at some point as its full of wisdom and good lessons. Though, what it noticeable lacks are women. Women of any kind, be they human, hobbit, or elf. Thankfully, when Peter Jackson, Phillipa Boyens, and Fran Walsh went about adapting the children’s book into their two, now three, movie epic they chose to fix that. Galadriel was included in the first film and in the second and third we’ll meet, Tauriel, a Mirkwood elf who sounds like an all around badass.
In an interview with Total Film, Evangeline Lilly provided a little insight on the all-new, non-Tolkien Tauriel,
She’s a very, very young elf. She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontaneous, passionate perhaps.
To play this character I need to have a certain amount of grace. But I’m also supposed to be an absolutely ruthless, deadly killer.
Wow. What a young, inexperienced 600 years old she is! And from the little bit of on set footage we’ve seen, she is absolutely ruthless. Tauriel will first appear in The Desolation of Smaug, out this December 13th, and again in There and Back Again, releasing December 17th, 2014. I’m super excited to finally meet Tauriel as I’m dying for a lady in the story who can hold her own with boys and go on a little adventuring herself. Like Eowyn from the first trilogy, only this time, an elf. What do think of Tauriel? Is she a welcomed addition to Tolkien’s works?
Source: Geek Tyrant
One of the controversial issues for Tolkien purists has been Peter Jackson‘s addition of known Lord Of The Rings characters that are not in the original Hobbit work, even going so far as introducing a brand new character specifically created for the Hobbit movie trilogy, a female Woodland Elf warrior called Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly (Lost).
I wasn’t very worried though, Jackson did such a wonderful job on the LOTR trilogy, capturing the books magic and heart, that I’m willing to give him lots of rope when working on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
As a completely new character, no one had any concrete idea what Tauriel would look like, how she would dress, or style her hair. Now we, and Cosplayers everywhere are getting a first look at Lilly as Tauriel thanks to the packaging on some Hobbit toys coming out with the movie’s release.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly several months ago, Lilly let us know a little about the character of Tauriel:
“She is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly.”
What do you think about the addition of this character to the Hobbit trilogy? We’ll probably not see much of her in the first film, but the word is to expect to see lots of the character in the second and third films.
There’s been some concern from Tolkien purists about the addition of new characters to The Hobbit scripts. Interestingly enough, Evangeline Lilly views herself as somewhat of a stickler for adhering to the text as closely as possible, but says she understands why Peter Jackson wanted Tauriel in the new movies.
“[Yes], I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them!” Lilly told SFX.
“That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really.”
According to Lilly, Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are keeping Tolkien’s world intact, while simply adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.
“When the original [LOTR] came out in theaters, I swore up and down that I would not see them because I thought it was sacrilege that anyone would adapt Tolkien’s work. I didn’t think anyone would justify films by making them as good as they should be.
“Then my entire family when I was visiting went to see the movie and so I relented and went. We were all fans of the books and we were all blown away! It was a little piece of magic what Peter Jackson accomplished because it was truly a homage to the books rather than an offense.”
Evangeline Lilly recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly about her character Tauriel in the upcoming, highly-anticipated Hobbit films.
When asked if she had to learn archery and swordplay, Lilly said:
“Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”
She also commented on how much we’ll see the character.
“She’s not in the first film very much. She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved. Although, I have to say, when I first read the scripts and took the job, she had a lot less going on in the second film. I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding that I had expected it to be. There’s a lot more for me to do now, which is a lot of fun, but it’s a little more pressure.”
Lilly added that she has to go back to New Zealand for five more months of filming.