Check out this new look at Evangeline Lillyas the elf Tauriel inPeter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We’ve seen a couple of previously released photos ( I actually posted them), but this one is an official pic. The actress talked to Entertainment Weekly about the film, and this is what she said about 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 also reveals that there’s a love story surrounding her character:
“She will definitely have a love story. 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.”
So of course the obvious follow up is if the love story involves Orlando Bloom’s Legolas right? Here’s what she said:
“Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thrandruil, 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.”
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released in theaters on December 13th, 2013. The Hobbit: There and Back Again brings Peter Jackson’s trilogy to a close on December 17th, 2014.