The Hobbit's Tauriel is 'dangerous'

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Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly says her character Tauriel in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is "dangerous".

Evangeline Lilly's character in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is "dangerous".

The actress plays Elven warrior Tauriel in the new film and says her alter-ego is far more fiery and brash than Cate Blanchett's wise character, Galadriel.

She explained to Empire magazine: "She is less wise and much more dangerous. I'm barely 300 years old! She's got a little bit of immaturity and a lot of spontaneity.

"I've been up in trees and scaled walls. I scale an orc at one point - she's almost ninja-esque. She's just slicing through [rivals] like blades of glass to get to the finish line. She has no problem killing; that is what she does. She is a killing machine."

The 'Lost' star admits landing a part in the trilogy - which is a precursor to the 'Lord of the Rings' movies - was a dream come true as she used to "fantasise" about being an elf.

She said: "This is probably the most tempting role I could be offered."

However, director Peter Jackson and producers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh admit it's a risk to introduce the character into the films as she doesn't appear in the books.

The trio felt 'The Hobbit' needed a female touch and hope Tauriel is a hit with cinema-goers.

Boyens said: "Tauriel was a complete addition for filmic reasons. You need energy in there - there are young women watching these films. It was an easy decision to make."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US/New Zealand
  • 161 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • UK release: 13 December 2013

Jackson continues his epic Tolkien hexalogy with the second of his films based on The Hobbit.

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