Advice: Auditioning For the Role of Jill Pole

Posted December 22, 2010 4:00 pm by Tirian

Since the release of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we at NarniaWeb have received almost daily inquiries about auditioning for the role of Jill Pole in The Silver Chair. After the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, these inquiries have risen to almost unbelievable levels. We wanted to take this opportunity to give some information about the film industry and answer the questions that folks may have about how to acquire a role.

Pre-Production and Greenlighting

Before casting begins for a film, there are several steps that take place. A script is written (or at least begun), the story is pitched to the studio, and the studio then “greenlights” the film, which means that the production is formally approved and financed. After the film is greenlit, it then enters pre-production, during which the script is finalized and plans are made for the actual shooting of the film. It is during this pre-production stage that casting is done.

Casting and Auditions

The casting process for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was somewhat unique in that casting director Pippa Hall held many public auditions when searching for the four Pevensie children. These auditions were generally held at schools around the UK, with children from the drama clubs being invited to attend. This is not typical, though, and usually a casting director will work directly with agents and industry contacts to come up with a list of potential actors to fill a specific role. Several actors are given auditions and the director and producers together decide which one will best play the part. This is the way that Will Poulter was cast for the role of Eustace.

Occasionally there will be open auditions for extras at a film location shoot. When that information becomes available we always post it at NarniaWeb.

Silver Chair Status

The future of the Narnia movies depends on the box office results for each film. If The Voyage of the Dawn Treader doesn’t do well enough in theaters, it is likely that there will not be any further Narnia films. If it is successful (and no one is sure exactly what the threshold of success is in the eyes of the studio), then Walden and Fox will likely move forward and attempt to get another Narnia film greenlit.

In interviews the producers have mentioned that they are considering The Silver Chair as well as The Magician’s Nephew for the next film. This could mean that The Silver Chair would be skipped or passed over temporarily, or that both films could be made at the same time. There are any number of possibilities, but the reality is that the future of the franchise and The Silver Chair is very much in limbo right now. It also goes without saying that production for The Silver Chair has not been greenlit and is not currently looking for any actors for the simple reason that there is no production.

Advice

If you are interested in auditioning for the role of Jill Pole or any other character in a Narnia film, the best advice that we can give is to 1) get involved with a local drama group to hone your skills and 2) hire an agent who can acquire an audition for you with the casting director when the time comes. There likely won’t be any public auditions. This is simply the way that Hollywood works.

Another question that we are often asked is about what the producers are looking for. Again, since there are no producers and no production (yet), we have no idea. During the casting process for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Pippa Hall was quoted as saying that she felt that there were so many brilliant British actors that there was no need to look for someone who could “fake” a British accent. So our expectation is that the producers would probably look to the UK first to fill the role of Jill Pole.

Conclusion

To sum this all up, The Silver Chair has not yet been greenlit so there are no roles yet to be filled. If you are interested in auditioning for a role when one becomes available, we recommend that you hire an agent who can acquire an audition for you when the time comes. Good luck!

86 Comments For This Story

  • Jessi says:

    if she is in Japan all the power is out so she woundn’t be able to reply…yes we are all praying for you Lucia….if you are in Japan?

  • Lucia says:

    My dear friends,
    I am fine!!!
    It looks my grandparents r all right2.
    i am relatively lucky cuz i live in tokyo,where little bit far from the seismic,& tsunami didn’t come to my town.
    but electric systems or gas systems r not work as well as usual.
    Thank u 4 ur worrying,& please pray 4 peoples live near from
    the seismic,& hurt!!!

    Aslan is always with us in anytime,anywhere!!!

    Love u guys,I love u so much*Please pray!pretty pretty please…!!!

    Love & pray,
    Lucia(from japan,11:30am,march 12th)

  • Narnian Wannabee says:

    Thank goodness you are all right! I was worried about you! But what about the nuclear plants? Are you safe from them? I am praying for Japan! Oh and sorry I have not been here in a while. Sorry. But keep me posted. Does anyone have any current news? Thanks bunches!
    Love,
    Kit-Kat

    • Lucia says:

      kit-kat!i am safe from them,thank goodness!
      but i wonder if my friends’ grandma is alright…I know she live in fukushima.
      & earthquake is still here,so i am scare…!

      But here is another(bright*)news*I am considering to go to uk in this summer & join a holiday class of a theatre school**

      it looks electronic systems r not working well,so i gotta go!I will keep posting 4 sure,2!

      Please pray 4 all people in japane who r in scare or sadness!

      Love u guys,i love u!!!

      pray,
      Lucia

      • lis narnia says:

        I wish i could go to a theater school in uk, too! What is the name of the school??

      • Lucia says:

        Hi,lis!
        so sorry,i couldn’t come here cuz our electricity systems were stopped!
        the school’s name is;Sylvia Young Theatre School.u can find it easy online!!

      • lis narnia says:

        Tahnk you!
        I pray for all in Japan!

  • lis narnia says:

    It is terrible!I pray for all in Japan and I hope that it wouldn’t be so terrible like in Tschernobyl…:(

  • archerygirlxx says:

    i have posted my new audition video!!! if you go on jill pole auditions 2 you will find it!!! please comment xx

  • GodsGirl says:

    Hey Guys I was wondering If any of you knows how can I fake a better british accent? I’m not really bad but there is just something missing. Please Help me!! And GOD Bless You All<3 (Pray for Japan as well, please).

    • Lizzie says:

      why dont you try the whole listening & copying strategy? i dont know where you’re from sorry so i have no idea how hard it will be for you, but find an english film or something with english actors with a natural english accent, & try & copy things they say until you get the hang of it? its easier to watch english actors rather than americans or something, because sometimes their accent can slip a little & they can sound a bit fake sometimes but good luck!! 🙂 x

    • narniafan16 says:

      I’ve got some advice! Watch narnia carefully and listen carefully. My sister said I am somewhat getting better @ being Jill Pole…I think it might happen! 🙂 🙂

  • TheRealEmilee says:

    Lucia Im so glad to hear you are ok. I was praying for you and your fmaily:) My computer has been broken thats why I havnt been on here in a while. Will be posting a Jill Pole video on my youtube account.

  • Narnian Wannabee says:

    Not trying to freak you out Lucia but today my math teacher said that the radiation in the air from the nuclear plants would blow out to the sea and then come back and hit Tokyo. So just be careful, I am praying for all of Japan right now. I know it was terrible but it was God’s will and he knows more than we do so all we can do is trust in God to show us what He wants us to do. I think I am giving up on Narnia but I can’t just it seems so far away…..but yet so near……

    • TheRealEmilee says:

      Hey! I dont think you should give up on narnia. You have to beilve. I mean even if they do not greenlit SC first you can still be on here and get ppls support to follow your dreams so when they do shoot SC you will be ready! DONT GIVE UP!:)

    • Lucia says:

      thank u,kit-kat!& DO NOT GIVE UP NARNIA!!!!
      i won’t give up though i am japanese!
      go4 it!!yes,kit-kat,u can do it**

      • Jessi says:

        kit-kat… it’s times like these that we have to hold on to narnia…don’t give up on narnia

        I would rather live like a narnian even if there is no narnia: puddleglum SC

    • narniafan16 says:

      If it’s Narnia… DO NOT GIVE UP!
      I’m counting on u..

  • Lucia says:

    Hi,guys!!
    It’s Lucia,i am fine*But electricity systems r often stopped(cuz depend is bigger than supply…),so i have2 save it!
    I luv u***

    @archerygirl,
    i watched ur new video!i luv it*i posted my comment,did u notice???

    @Emilee,
    I made my own utube page*i want2 watch ur new video!!

    • TheRealEmilee says:

      Thats great give me a link so I can subscribe you. Illpost a link Im adding it tomorrow.

    • archerygirlxx says:

      aww thankyou i will look at your comment now!! xxx

    • narniafan16 says:

      what is it what is it????
      I want 2 c u!!! I want u tube but i have 2 ask mom 1st 🙁

      • narniafan16 says:

        I didn’t c a video of u, but ur favorites were awesome!

      • Lucia says:

        oh,thanks!
        well,i want2 post my own,but it’s makes me a bit scare!
        & dad found that i made my own page yesterday & said"it’s dangerous!!don’t do that any more!!!"…
        ah,u know,my dad is called"ancient japanese" by my sis!
        but i will keep doing cuz i don’t do anything wrong!

      • narniafan16 says:

        Oh, no!
        My dad is SOOOO much like yours! He is very strict. I call home ‘an old-fashioned man’.
        I tried to get YouTube but when I tryed to sign up, they said I’m not ‘legible’ to get YouTube. How sad! 🙁 my mom doesn’t care if I get those stuff, but she said Im too young to get facebook.

      • narniafan16 says:

        Oh, no! I hate when I get in trouble from my dad
        My dad is SOOOO much like yours! He is very strict. I call home ‘an old-fashioned man’.
        I tried to get YouTube but when I tryed to sign up, they said I’m not ‘legible’ to get YouTube. How sad! 🙁 my mom doesn’t care if I get those stuff, but she said Im too young to get facebook.

  • Jessi says:

    hey everyone…I just found this funny video of lucy and edmund on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD0tQ_TfWoI&feature=related

  • Jessi says:

    Archerygirl…liked your new video 🙂 …..Lucia how are you doing???

    • archerygirlxx says:

      awww thkyou you guys are all so nice i am soo happy that i haven’t had anyone (yet) who hates my videos so it is looking good xxx

  • narniafan16 says:

    I’m back every1!
    1st of all, r u allright Lucia? That earthquake was TERRIBLE!

  • narniafan16 says:

    I have gr8 news:
    My best friend’s mom is a commercial maker, so she knows some movie agents and she can reccomend them!!!!!!!!! I can not wait!!!!!!!!!!!She knows casting pple 2

    • Lucia says:

      wow,that’s nice!

    • archerygirlxx says:

      wow you are so luckey hey can i send her my audition vid hehehe joking that wouldn’t be possible i know but you know in the EXTREMELY unlikely event that she wants to see some of your friends acting then feel free to show her my vid xxxx hehe

      • narniafan16 says:

        I would <3 2!

      • archerygirlxx says:

        what?!?! do you mean you would love to show her my vid..OMG AHHHHHH really???? i actually love you yaaaay thanks i know that this means you will show her only if she wants to see it but thanks sooo much anyways yaay xxxxxxxxxxxxx

      • narniafan16 says:

        Yea. (I didn’t c it yet, but I can tell it’s going to be great)

      • archerygirlxx says:

        cool you should watch them go on youtube and type in jill pole audition then look for ellabellabooxxx1 that is me

      • narniafan16 says:

        I saw it archerygirlxx!!! It great. Would you mind some advice?
        I think you should act a bit madder to eustace because in the book it aaid Jill was annoyed when eustace barged in, and that sort of thing.

  • Lucia says:

    Hiii*my dear friends!
    i am fine*but the electricity is often stopped,so yesterday,my restaurant was like"dark island"in the movie of VDT!& we cannot get enough daily goods;i mean bread,rice,gas,electricity…etc.
    phew,there is nothing in the supermarkets!!!how we can make salad in a restaurant without vegetables!?
    ah,but ther r more pple in more terrible situations than i,so i mustn’t complain!!!
    Let’s keep praying:)
    luv u guys…!
    Lucia

  • TheRealEmilee says:

    Well my agent and I are sending my resuma and headshot off to MAYBE being cast as a lead role in the upcoming movie Hunger Games:) Wish me luck! Btw will be pasting my vid. soon the computer keeps messing up! Lucia glad to hear your ok. My church is praying for you and your family.God bless!

    • archerygirlxx says:

      they have already cast the lead role!!!! and they have pretty much cast everyone else apart from peeta and gale they just haven’t announced it oh and i swear that susanne collins said that they were using older actors for all of the tributs and have you read the books??? they are amazing but there are no main parts that fit you criteria apart from maybe a tribute but they are not lead role i am sooooo confused who exactly are you auditioning for??

      • TheRealEmilee says:

        Hey I know they have casted one lead role. They are still looking for other lead roles. They wouldn’t have auditions up if they were not looking any more. I do know they have 1 lead role filled and a few options for the others but they are still open.

      • archerygirlxx says:

        ahh cool i get it 😀 well good luck oh and what address did you use to contact Nina Gold because I have an address but i was wondering if there was an email that i could use??

  • TheRealEmilee says:

    POSTING*

  • hannah narnia says:

    yes what is the school called because i would absolutely love to play jill pole(that is if there will be a silver chair) please please tell me and also i am in the UK and i am english too i love narnia and i want to be an actress as well please please reply i am soo looking forward to it thank you sooo much and by the way i am eleven years old is that a good age?

    yours faithfully,
    hannah mayers.

  • narniafan16 says:

    My leads to becoming Jill pole:
    1) I look exactly like her, the eyes, the hair (not hair color, I mean The length and type)
    2) I can make a fake Brittish accent
    3) I will take horseback riding and archery
    4) I am always told that I am great at acting
    5) I am 11 years old but almost 12 (the perfect age)
    6) I might get an agent soon
    7) I get am good at getting along with people
    8) I am perfectly fine in front of cameras
    9) I sometimes laugh a little before ‘123 action’ but as soon as it’s ‘action’ I get serious and stop laughing
    10) I LOVE NARNIA!!!!!!!!!! <3 peace 🙂

  • narniafan16 says:

    Who here lives in New York? Please tell me some news!

  • narniafan16 says:

    How do u get an agent? I still dont really know how! 🙁

  • hannah narnia says:

    i would really like to become jill pole but i need an agent how do you get one please reply thanks again!
    hannah mayers.

  • archerygirlxx says:

    i have my heatshot and resume ready to send off to Nina Gold but i’m not sure if i have the right address does anyone know a valid address- the realemilee i am counting on you!!! xx

  • Narnia #1 Fan says:

    Lucia, I’m glad your alright!! Is your friend’s dad home yet?!??? I have been so worried!

    • Lucia says:

      hey,my friend’s dad came back!
      he was at his company at tha time earthquake happend,but he came back by his foot!!!it had taken 7 hours or so,but i am happy he is fine!!

  • Jessi says:

    I thought you guys might be interested in this forum about what Jill should be wearing through out the movie http://forum.narniaweb.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2521

  • narniafan16 says:

    IVE GOT SOME NEWS
    Every one, go to narniafans.com and scroll all the way down to the bottom. It’s says they are considering ro do MN next, but most of the polls were for SC. They don’t know yet!
    They might do SC because a lot more people like that book better.

  • TheRealEmilee says:

    Hey(: So glad to hear you doing alright Lucia(: And if you looking for an agent I posted a link of a video of me giving tips on how to get one,since I have one I am tryin to help out those who don’t. And archerygirlxx I personaly dont have her e-mail my agent does they have sources or sum like that. I do know that it is NOT the e-mail you find on bing or whatever. Really sorry I would give it to you but I don’t have it. 🙁

  • Jessi says:

    good news….I’m going to an acting camp this summer!!!sadly it’s only a week…and I’m looking into horse riding lessons 🙂

  • Jessi says:

    I found this for contacting Nina Gold http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002274/#CastingDepartment but you need a subscription to get the email

  • Narnian Wannabee says:

    Hey buddies! I am back and also very sore (from horse back riding)! Yes, I have started to ride once again because of the warm weather, YES!!!!:) fun in the sun for me! My friend and I were talking about how in narnia movies you have to act with invisible or pretend characters. I am awesome at that because I used to and sometimes still do play imaginary games. Thanks for everyones support for me and just keep me in your prayers that GOd will help me find a way to narnia!

  • Narnia #1 Fan says:

    Phew! I’m glad your okay! Is your friend’s dad home yet?!?? I have been so worried. I will be praying!!

  • Jessi says:

    Emily any luck posting your video?

  • Narnian Wannabee says:

    Hey narniafan1 I live in the US, Lucia is the one that you want to talk to about that.

  • narniafan16 says:

    By the way, does anybody know where iluvgeorgie went???