First Shot Of Evangeline Lilly As Tauriel In THE HOBBIT

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Poor Evangeline Lilly, people are going to hate her pretty much no matter what. When Peter Jackson's Hobbit Boogaloo hits screens later this year it'll be Lilly who, through no fault of her own, will almost certainly be the lightning rod for criticisms from the most ardently loyal fans due to the simple fact that her character - a Sylvan elf named Tauriel - appears absolutely nowhere in any of Tolkien's work. So she's the one that'll be evaluated and judged and generally be used as the focal point of any criticism of the extreme bloat that drove Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's rather slender novel to three films and a near nine hour run time.

Hint: You should be blaming Jackson.

All of this to say that Entertainment Weekly have gotten hold of the first image of Lilly from the film along with a bit of background on the character, which they describe as the head of the Elven Guard who has a 'significant' relationship with Legolas. For those who disliked the hyper-sharp look of the first Hobbit film this would offer no hope whatsoever that they have massaged that feel whatsoever in post production this time out.
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  • mercy

    The first Hobbit was surprisingly good. Then re-watched the LOTR trilogy and they were quite enjoyable.

    Poor Lilly and actresses like her are ash-figurines blasted by wind.

  • Three films is madness. The Hobbit was a huge disappointment. I was stunned at how lame and downright boring it was. It's a tiny little book and not fleshed out enough for two films, let alone three. The fleshing out Jackson is doing is just inferior copying off the LOTR films. So sad.

  • misfit_85

    Any hardline fans of Tolkien checked out of Peter Jackson's film universe a LONG time ago.
    They're all very different from the books, but you can choose to accept them as great films.

    And I thought it's already been established this trilogy isn't just based on the Hobbit?
    They're a combination of that book and Tolkien's annotations, like the battle with the necromancer.

  • Bos

    What do your elf eyes see?

    Love.

  • Mmmm.... sexy yet dangerous Link. My NES days would have been very different.

  • loci

    Well the book is shite. Anything new added to the film is most welcome.

  • Matt Jordan

    . Let them bitch. Bottom line is Jackson has introduced this wonderful story to an entire generation of people that otherwise would never have stepped foot in this world. I've have read these books numerous time since my uncle gave me my first copy in 85 when i was twelve, and while there have been a few thing in the movies to raise my eyebrows overall i'm pleased

  • Martin Wagner

    Well, haters gonna hate, but the films should be judged on their own merits. Still, inventing a new character to shoehorn in a love interest for one of the leads is pushing it.

    In any case, it was New Line that wanted The Hobbit to be another trilogy. They're 5 billion in the red and a new Tolkien franchise is their only way out. Jackson wanted to do two films.

  • A love interest for one of the leads WHO ALSO SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE FILM.

    And all the reporting at the time was that it was Jackson who actively pitched the studios to go up to three from two very late in the process.

  • hutch

    I know PJ is the director and all, but do you really think it is him proposing the idea? Me thinks it's a certain script writer pushing in these ideas...these decisions of bloat, love, and hotness only started after a particular member joined PJ's team...

  • hutch

    I was never fooled for once about this being a trilogy. When they pointed out that they shot the same number of days as LOTR, I knew right then that there was NO WAY that they would film/tape/capture/whatever all that footage to make one movie less than LOTR-esp. if they came out of LOTR wizened at how to shoot conservatively.

    Anyway, "haters gonna hate"? This is the new gen's response toward criticism for evereything isn't it? Silly.

    Oddly, the filmmkaing team seem to be at odds with their LOTR era selves, ya know the ones that wanted to keep away from pouring 21st century/modern thinking into the story, whereas TH is brimming with it. I'm actually quite disappointed. Gandalf still rules though. McKellen is still killin' it.

  • hutch

    I'm going to hold my tongue about this until I see the film...but man, I really wish they hadn't done this...

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