Thursday, January 26, 2012

NEWS: Evangaline Lilly Talks The Hobbit

Former Lost star Evangeline Lilly has been talking about her role in the upcoming movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, The Hobbit, where she explained a little more about the character of Tauriel and her involvement in the movie's plot.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly Lilly discusses her role in the movie Real Steel (out now on DVD and Blu-Ray!) before moving onto her role in the two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit. You can read the entire interview for yourself but here's the Hobbity goodness we're all really here for:

Just be warned that if you're not familiar with The Hobbit there may be some minor spoilers ahead.

You’re playing a new character named Tauriel, who’s a Mirkwood elf, and that would lead me to believe that she is a warrior of some kind. Did you have to learn archery and swordplay?
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.

So then Tauriel must be involved with the dwarves being captured…
I think basically what you’re asking is if she’s in the film very much. 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 than 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.

Does she play a large part in the Battle of Five Armies?
Oh, I don’t know. We haven’t shot that yet. I still have to go back for five more months of filming.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to open in cinemas this December.

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