Will Fans Embrace Evangeline Lilly's 'Hobbit' Elf?


Evangeline Lilly plays an Elf to be reckoned with in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and she tells ET that she's excited and a bit trepidatious about the reception of her character by hardcore fans, seeing as her character is not in the original Hobbit tome by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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"People are going to love to hate her because she's not in the book, and I think it will be really easy for her to come under wrath and fire from die-hard Tolkien fans," says the former Lost star. "Knock on wood, I don't think she will, because Peter [Jackson] and Phillipa [Boyens] and Fran [Walsh] have created such a cool character, and I just don't think it's possible to not like a ginger-haired, pointy-eared, bow-slinging, knife-wielding, Orc-killing female Elf! What is there not to love about that?!"

Evangeline was at Comic-Con this year to debut her new children's storybook called The Squickerwonkers, the first in a planned graphic children's storybook series.

"I just had a child two years ago, and I'm very excited about making content for the little ones," says Evangeline, who credits Dr. Seuss as her key inspiration. "This is a sneak peek exclusive for Comic-Con … because I think this crowd, they hold the bar really high, and I want to see what their reactions are to the book."

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13 (in High Frame Rate 3D, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX), while the final film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: There And Back Again, will open on December 17, 2014.