(Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel.) WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Those outside of the movie making business often don't understand what The Producer does on a film. The. Watch video · Middle-earth just got a lot more interesting. A new image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been released revealing actress Evangeline Lilly as a feisty red-headed elf warrior. One of the most controversial decisions "The Hobbit" filmmakers made was the addition of Silvan elf warrior Tauriel, an entirely new character not present in .