Self-confessed Tolkien geek Evangeline Lilly admits she's worried fans of
will be up in arms about her role.
actress has moved to New Zealand to shoot Peter Jackson’s two-parter based on the JRR Tolkien childrens' novel, playing a newly-created character not from the books.
“Yeah! I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them!” she said of her role as Tauriel the Elf.
However, she described signing up for
as “a no-brainer” having been a fan since she was 13-years-old.
“That said, upon reading
again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran [Walsh] and Philippa [Boyens] have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien’s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.”
Lilly admits she didn't want to watch Jackson's
Lord Of The Rings
movies when they first came out in cinemas.
“I swore up and down that I would not see them because I thought it was sacrilege that anyone would adapt Tolkien’s work... Then my entire family when I was visiting went to see the movie and so I relented and went. We were all fans of the books and we were all blown away!”