The Hobbit's Tauriel is 'dangerous'

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The second of three epic fantasy adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel of the same name. The plot picks up just as the Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully crossed over the misty mountains. Bilbo has in his possession the one ring, but now the group must continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon.
July 7th, 2013

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.''