Entertainment Weekly has revealed this first photo of Evengeline Lilly in her full-on Elf outfit from the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Not only is her character, Tauriel, a new invention not found in Tolkien's original book, but she appears to be a rare redheaded elf, which should stand as a rallying cry for Gingers everywhere.
The photo comes with an article which cloyingly indicates that Tauriel may have a romantic relationship with Orlando Bloom's hunky Legolas. Remember, this takes place before Lord of the Rings, so if true he won't be cheating on Gimli.
Just the possibility that Tauriel and Legolas may have a love story highlights the trouble with this threepart Hobbit series. Though I wasn't really looking forward to it, I quite enjoyed An Unexpected Journey when it actually got down to the journey. Some of Peter Jackson's embellishments were great (Radagst the Brown!), but the digression-heavy film often felt like one of his Lord of the Rings Special Editions. I fear Desolation of Smaug will be even worse. Potential love stories between a character who doesn't show up in the books and a character who doesn't exist in the books seems like a bad sign.
Still, I have to admit she looks pretty badass.