That image above, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, is our first look at Evangeline Lilly (Kate from Lost) in the upcoming film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Lilly is set to play Tauriel, a female elf from Mirkwood who doesn’t appear in the book, but rather was created just for the films.
The photo’s kinda underwhelming, right?
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s just something about that picture that lacks the “movie magic” I’ve come to expect from Peter Jackson’s films set in Middle Earth. Lilly doesn’t look like an elf so much as she looks like a human in a crappy, homemade elf costume. It looks more like Legend of Zelda cosplay you’d see at Comic-Con than a costume you’d see in a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.
This might be due to Jackson’s shooting process. As most know, the Hobbit films are shot on a Red Epic camera in 3D and 48 frames per second. What not many know is that this process has the effect of desaturating colors. To compensate for this, sets and costumes are built to be extra bright. This is discussed in this behind-the-scenes video.
Also, and I feel like a super-nerd for pointing this out, but her arrow is on the wrong side of the bow. I’m sure it’s so the arrow is totally visible in the picture, but it’s the kind of small detail that fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works — a group known for being more than a little interested in small details — would probably prefer not to see messed up.