First Look at Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel in THE HOBBIT

     September 25, 2012


Thanks to the upcoming slew of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey merchandise heading our way, we now have our first look at Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.  The character doesn’t appear in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel, but back in January, Lilly described Tauriel as a warrior and head of the Elven Guard.  “She’s the big shot in the army,” said Lilly. “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.”  So basically she sounds like female Legolas.  Lilly also added that her character would have a larger role in the second movie, although this was back when there were only two movies.  It will be interesting to see how Tauriel gets divided up between Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and There and Back Again.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D on December 14th.



Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Finally a decent headshot showing her Elven ears! Can’t wait to see her in action. Who cares if “Tauriel” isn’t in the book? I sure don’t. I heard she only has a brief appearance in the first movie but more later on like in the Battle of the Five Armies. She probably gets killed off then. But I love her just the same.

  • Juan

    First warning bell about the upcoming trilogy. Needless character added to a story that has many real ones vying for screen time. What’s next? a love interest for Bilbo? this sounds dangerously like a script-by-comettee artifice, added because some focus groups study decided a “strong, female character” was needed to lure the teeniboper girls to the movies. Not happy.

    • Pocketses

      First warning about the internet.

      Idiots jump to conclusions based solely on their own opinions and claim them as facts. They believe that they know every in and out of the industry because they likely took place in one insignificant “focus group” in the past and thus, thinks that they are what rule every decision.

      Adaptation doesn’t mean literal. And really, there are characters vying for screen time? It’s a singular book that in itself is half the size of each book in the original trilogy, and they’re making it 3 movies. No one is going to be vying for screen time, because they’re all going to get plenty. Am I complaining about 3 movies? Hell no, I wish they’d make 5. A character added for whatever reason, wasn’t due to a focus group study and needing a strong, female character, it was likely added because the writers, who handled this subject matter masterfully before, decided it would help their telling of this story.

      Also, because you start throwing around insults or acting like you know better than those making these movies or who will be going to see them, learn to command the English language. “comettee”? “teeniboper”?

      • GET OVER IT!

        well said, completely agree. To add to that I am pretty sure Peter Jackson and Co mentioned several times that they are fleshing out the short story of “The Hobbit” by referring to other sources written by Tolkien that feature characters and events not featured in the book but take place in the same time line of the story. Im sure they will do all that they can get away with to ensure that The Hobbit links up to The Lord Of The Rings. So best to just wait and see what the finished piece delivers, then pass the judgment on wether certain characters were given enough screen time or whatever.
        Anyway, she looks hot and bad ass, very good!

      • Suzi

        It’s also well documented that these movies are not just the Hobbit but the stories/time in between the Hobbit and the LOTR – there’s a lot of history there…tons more than they’d even be able to tell in 3 movies, so it’s not just making one book into 3 movies.

        I hope I like her better than the stretch of making Arwen a warrior princess. That said, elven women clearly were part of battle unless they were having children (except a certain elven princess who just sat home and sewed banners), so I hope that this is how Peter shows that and does it without grandstanding – just make her an awesome elf and let her stand on her own. I’m looking forward to seeing the Mirkwood adventures, the White Council and other side stories.

  • Mello Mastikan

    She is gorgeous that’s for sure.

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  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    Beautiful and sexy. I don’t care that she’s not a Tolkien character, I’d go to see a TAURIEL spinoff film if Evangeline Lily stars.

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  • j trent

    Have always supported all the Tolkien series (LOTR i,ii,iii; and the Hobbit pt i) Always liked the attention to details and characters..Anything that didn’t originate in the books still was a subtle fit.
    Now for the first time I notice a casual addition with long red hair…Young female fans should not require the ‘Lily’ touch. It’s a shame fans will feel manipulated to back up a feminist-role- character who remains “LOST” to most of us. It was the red hair and the leafy hips that make one twitch. This character will detract from the Hobbit and seems an awkward attempt to give boys and girls a perky action figure to look up to-rather than the real characters with substance. I notice from some comments that ‘beautiful and sexy’ is all that counts to the casual fan..It just makes me sad.