In the upcoming two-part prequel to his Lord of the Rings phenomenon, Peter Jackson has announced a new character among his all-star lineup, and as usual, his casting couldn’t be more perfect. Evangeline Lilly will be stepping out of the LOST forests of Hawaii and into the Mirkwood forests of Middle-Earth as an ethereal Elven beauty written specifically for The Hobbit.
Ok, so I have a confession to make. I may or may not have a humongoid girl-crush on Evangeline Lilly. It could be the tumbling tresses, kilowatt smile…probably the freckles. But whatever this elusive characteristic may be, it makes me melt faster than Gollum in Mount Doom.
Which is why when I heard two of my favorite things were coming together, in this case Evie and Lord of the Rings, I wont lie – I went “Eee!” in anticipation, clapped my hands, and repeatedly bounced in my seat like a kid who just saw that their birthday cake had Dragonball Z characters all over it.
…Oh wait. That WAS my birthday cake! I forgot, I am a child. However, I digress.
Taking place before LOTR when Bilbo was even smaller, The Hobbit will return us to Jackson’s visual orgasm of Middle-Earth where we be seeing more of the familiar faces we’ve grown to love, (Ian McKellen’s Gandalf comes first and foremost to mind) cameos from fan favorites that we just can’t do without, and even meeting some new characters along the way. This recent announcement fills out most of the major casting decisions, as Jackson plans to flesh out the roles that the many unnamed Mirkwood Elves play in the novel.
Jackson immediately took to his Facebook page to confirm the casting and taunt us with teensy scraps of information, stating, “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.)” No other details have been specified except for the name of the Jackson-invented character, Tauriel.
Adding the character has generated a lot of mixed feelings and even some spouts of nerdrage amongst the Ringer Purists, but the point remains the same – how visually bland would it be to visit Tolkien’s Mirkwood? Two characters are mentioned by title only, and even their roles are minor. It’s hard to feel an attachment to faceless characters, and the idea that there would be no lovely Elven ladies wandering the forest is ludicrous at best.
Evie’s future seemed ready to take off after the LOST finale, while at the same time a rumor was circulating that she had no intention of returning to acting – a statement met with dismay, as there are very few ladies in the biz with the kind of natural talent and beauty that this dimpled dame does. The rumor seemed more and more likely to solidify once she moved from LOST to boring, generic L’Oreal commercials, but at least they were more legitimate than LiveLinks. Now she looks to be coming back from her acting hiatus with the blockbuster work that was expected of her immediately after the LOST finale, with at least a movie released per year until 2013. It may not be much, but I’m getting my fix!
I don’t doubt that boning a Brandybuck for close to 5 years had at least a little to do with the casting decision, as the Dom/Evie relationship was more than likely what introduced Evie to Jackson in the first place. It’s only natural he’d take one look at her and say, “Yup. Total ELF.” Which is just like a MILF, only with pointy ears and slightly eternal.
Now that the initial hype has started dying down and more people are getting used to thinking of Evie in Elven garb, details about what kind of personality her character will have still remain elusive. Will we be seeing the ancient Elven ancestor of Kate Austin? Will she pull an Eowyn and kick some ass at the Battle of Five Armies? Or will she follow the Liv Tyler path – stand around, look pretty, here’s a tear? Unfortunately for us, Jackson is good with handling leaks, so it looks like we have a year to wait before we meet Tauriel. I always hope for brunette badasses, personally.
Whatever the case may be, I’m even more pumped now to see The Hobbit than I was before. Didn’t think that was even possible. And after seeing the EE’s, I completely trust in Jackson’s choices regarding Tolkien’s world 100%, this being no exception. Don’t you?