Things continue to move forward with Hobbit production. Peter Jackson has been spotted in a variety of New Zealand locations scouting new filming spots.
After completing the extremely successful television series LOST, Evangeline Lilly is excited to spend time in New Zealand with Jackson and crew to film The Hobbit. She spoke a lot about the movie in a recent interview. She said,
“I will be in and out of New Zealand for the course of a year. It worked out well,” Lilly recently revealed to UK website, SFX. “For a lot of actors, being that tied down would be problematic for their careers because they wouldn’t have the freedom to take any other part in the meantime. For me it’s perfect because I want to have time to spend with my family and relax and focus on my writing. This role gives me a framework within which to do that because I’m not working all the time but I’m working enough. When you’re not working at all, you get lost in space and time and don’t accomplish anything. It’s a flexible work environment and I don’t have to be estranged from my family.”
There exists a lot of controversy with Lilly’s role in The Hobbit, which is Lauriel the Elf. The character itself does not exist in the book and there is a lot of curiosity about how Jackson plans to work her in the script. Lilly herself is a bit anxious about how she will be received in the Tolkien community. She said,
“Yeah! I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film,” Lilly says. “I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them! That said, upon reading The Hobbit 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.”
Time will tell. Stay tuned!