Peter Jackson broke the news on his Facebook page, where he updates fans on the latest happenings in Middle Earth. He wrote, "Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character -- the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing!"
When we heard of Lilly's casting we immediately wondered what her connection would be to the series' other famous elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) but Jackson has already stated that "there is no romantic connection." Hmmm, so he says.
Are we the only ones who think that Liv Tyler and Evangeline Lilly look alike? Maybe that's why Lilly seems like a natural fit for The Hobbit world? The films (Part I and II) are currently in production in New Zealand and they've already completed their first block of shooting.
The Hobbit Part I will open in theaters in December 2012 and Part II in December 2013.
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