Hey Guys! Horrorella here...
Entertainment Weekly broke the first official photo of Evangeline Lilly from the upcoming THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. And it's pretty freaking sweet.
Lilly is playing Tauriel, an Elven warrior and head of the Elven Guard, and a totally new character to the mythos. She wasn't a part of The Hobbit, or any of Tolkien's other works, and was created for the story by Jackson and company. Lilly states that her character is of a different order than most of the elves that we have seen so far, likely making her part of the wood-elf clan that the party encounters in Mirkwood.
Not a whole lot has be revealed about the role that she will play in the events of the film, though she has indicated that her character will have a love story (though it would minor), hinting that it could possibly be with Legolas (who we haven't seen yet in the context of THE HOBBIT, but we know is due to show up at some point).
But whatever role she will play in the story, she looks freaking badass!
What do you guys think?