Fans of ‘The Hobbit’ were excited to hear that former ‘Lost’ star Evangeline Lilly was cast in the upcoming movie version of ‘The Hobbit’ and while the actress was also extremely excited about the opportunity, she was also worried about her role in the film.
The ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan base is pretty critical and Lilly is concerned that since there are no females in the original story of ‘The Hobbit’ that fans will feel that the film isn’t staying true to the books and that she will end up being the “black mark” on the film. She explains;
“I am very concerned that people will watch, and I’ll be the black mark on the film. 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. What they have done is all in perfect keeping with J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.”
Her concern about adding female characters to a story that originally didn’t have any female characters may be a valid concern since many ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans major beef with the original three movies was that they veered too far from the books and added to female characters that either had a small part in the book or didn’t exist at all.
Do you think that filmmakers should add females to a story that originally didn’t have any just for the sake of having a female in the cast? Do you think that there would be a problem with an all male cast? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.
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