Many Tolkien fans may be concerned over the latest news from Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films. Back in June, it was announced that beautiful actress Evangeline Lily (Lost) would join the cast for “The Lord of the Rings” prequel films. Apparently writers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens found that the adaptation needed diversity and a little fleshing out, so they have created the female Sylvan Elf known as Tauriel the Elf.
In June, Jackson discussed the additional character and his casting choice for “The Hobbit.” Here is what he blogged:
“Evangeline Lily 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.”
In an interview with SFX’s Tara Bennett, Lily discussed why she took the Middle Earth role, and how fans might react to her non-Tolkien created character:
“With The Hobbit, it was a no-brainer because I have been a fan of those books since I was 13-years-old…” “Yeah! 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! 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. What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien’s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.”
Lily was asked how she is preparing for her Elven role. She went on to say:
“With every film, you have to educate yourself on the material and it’s often things you don’t know a lot about. Right now I’m studying Elvish and having conversations with people about learning how to be an archer, a swordsperson, and how to fight like an elf instead of a gritty convict.” [Laughs]
Currently in production, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will open in theaters on December 14th, 2012. The film will star Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lily, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Aidan Turner, Brian Blessed (rumored,) James Nesbitt, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Dominic Keating (rumored,) Barry Humphries, Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman, Ken Stott, Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, Stephen Hunter, John Callen, William Kircher, Peter Hambleton, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Michael, Mizrahi, Ryan Gage, Renee Cataldo, and Ray Henwood. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the story by J.R.R. Tolkien. Peter Jackson directs.
Sources: sfx.co.uk, Peter Jackson (Facebook,) IMDb