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New Documentary Series: A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War New

Posted December 16, 2017 1:03 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 7 Comments

A new documentary series about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien is in the works. Produced by the non-profit film production company Eastgate Creative and scheduled for release in November of next year, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War explores the friendship of the two authors, their experiences during the First World War, and the impact of the war on their lives, their faith, and their imaginations.

Based on Joseph Loconte’s New York Times bestseller, the film examines how Tolkien’s combat experience during the First World War—at the Battle of the Somme—launched him on his literary quest. The film reveals how the conflict reinforced Lewis’s youthful atheism—he was injured in combat—but also stirred his spiritual longings. The film traces the careers of both men at Oxford University, and their deepening friendship as they discover a mutual love of medieval, romantic literature. Facing the threat of another world war, Tolkien and Lewis reach back into their earlier experience of war as they compose their epic works of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Check out the trailer below:

Joe Johnston to Direct Reshoots for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted December 13, 2017 3:32 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 5 Comments

According to recent reports, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston is being brought in to direct additional photography for an upcoming film from Walt Disney Pictures and The Mark Gordon Company. Set to be released on November 2nd, 2018, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was originally directed by Lasse Hallstrom before the studio determined that reshoots were needed. Due to scheduling conflicts, Hallstrom is unable to return to direct and the reshoots will be directed by Johnston instead.

Will Joe Johnston’s involvement with another big-budget fantasy affect The Silver Chair? It doesn’t look like that will be the case. Principal photography for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms lasted four months and wrapped last January, whereas the additional shooting directed by Johnston is expected to span only thirty-two days. At the end of October, Joe Johnston said that he hopes to start prepping for The Silver Chair in July of next year. His brief involvement with Nutcracker is unlikely to interfere with those plans.

Thanks to ‘narnia fan 7’ for the alert.

Does Father Christmas Belong in Narnia? JRR Tolkien Didn’t Think So | Talking Beasts

Posted December 11, 2017 5:00 am by Glumpuddle 42 Comments

The appearance of Father Christmas in chapter 10 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of the most unexpected and memorable moments in the series. Both scholars and fans have been discussing the scene for decades. J.R.R. Tolkien felt very strongly that the character did not belong in The Chronicles of Narnia. Listen to this podcast and then post a comment.

For the comments section:
1. What was your first reaction when Father Christmas appeared? Did he seem out of place?
2. Answer the “Stump a NarniaWebber” trivia questions at the end of this episode.
3. Give feedback about this podcast! What do you like and dislike about it? What would you like to see more/less of in the future? How/where do you usually listen?

Speaker: Glumpuddle
Interviewed: Meltintalle, Movie Aristotle, Pattertwigs Pal, Ryadian, the4signs[repeat], Inkling

This is our last episode of the year! We will be back sometime early next year after looking through your feedback.

Georgie Henley to Make Professional Stage Debut

Posted December 7, 2017 2:26 pm by daughter of the king 5 Comments

According to, Georgie Henley will be starring in a new play, Angry by Philip Ridley at the Southwark Playhouse next year. The play is a set of monologues that will be performed by Henley and a male actor whose casting has not yet been announced.

The Southwark Playhouse’s website has a fascinating synopsis:

 A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals. Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Jack Silver, the Artistic Director of the producing company Tramp, said that he was expecting Henley to be good, but her auditions “absolutely blew us away”.

“She’s a major acting talent and I think audiences are going to be surprised at just how mature and versatile she is.”

Georgie Henley and Will Poulter Not Impressed with Ben Barnes’ Knife Skills

Posted December 4, 2017 9:30 am by Glumpuddle 9 Comments

There has been a lot of fun interaction between Narnia cast members Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), Ben Barnes (Caspian), and Will Poulter (Eustace) on Twitter recently. It started when Ben posted video of himself training with a knife for his role in Netflix’s The Punisher

Will Poulter: It’s just like Narnia except your sword is tiny

Georgie Henley: yeah was that knife given to you by Father Christmas on the instruction of a talking lion in order to save a magical land?? I think the furk NOT

Skandar KeynesThis sounds like a cause worthy of a reunion …?

Georgie Henley: [VIDEO]

Ben Barnes: Semi-reprising* grammar and spelling Willy!

Skandar Keynes: Coming from the man who couldn’t pluralise “barn”…

Georgie Henley: SAVAGERY

Will Poulter: You’ve captured me in my transformative role as a squirrel there. This was a side project I was shooting while working on Narnia. Boy, Squirrel, Dragon… there’s kind of no end to my range

Ben Barnes: I think you made me laugh for a full hour doing this!

Georgie Henley: you know what Ben that’s v unfair because it’s v hard to retaliate with bad pictures of you, you’re horrifically photogenic (HOWEVER I ALSO HAVE PICS OF THIS SQUIRREL MOMENT SORRY WILLY)

Georgie Henley: I STAND CORRECTED I’d forgotten what a good hairdresser I was at 12

We love you too, Georgie!

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Susan’s Controversial Choice in the Final Chronicle of Narnia | Talking Beasts

Posted November 27, 2017 5:00 am by Glumpuddle 54 Comments

Ever since The Last Battle was published in 1956, there has been ongoing discussion and controversy surrounding the uncertain fate of Susan Pevensie.

“Sire,” said Tirian, when he had greeted all these. “If I have read the chronicle aright, there should be another. Has not your Majesty two sisters? Where is Queen Susan?”

“My sister Susan,” answered Peter shortly and gravely, “is no longer a friend of Narnia.”

– The Last Battle, Ch. 12

What happened to her? What was C.S. Lewis doing? Is it sexist? In this long overdue episode, NarniaWeb podcasters weigh in on the issue. Listen and then post a comment below!

If you want to dive into this issue even further, see Devin Brown’s article, “Are the Chronicles Sexist and Racist?

Speakers: Glumpuddle, Rilian, GymFan


The Mark Gordon Company to Adapt “Come From Away”

Posted November 18, 2017 3:33 pm by daughter of the king 1 Comment

Come From Away is the Tony award-winning musical about the travelers stranded in Gander, New Foundland, after the 9/11 attacks. According to, The Mark Gordon Company (producer for The Silver Chair) is adapting the musical into a feature film with the script written by the authors of the play, Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The article also included a quote from Mark Gordon:

“Irene, David and Christopher created an experience that celebrates the triumph of humankind’s solidarity and compassion in the face of adversity – an experience that is equally breathtaking, inspiring and cathartic. We are proud to create a feature film adaptation to share with audiences around the world,” said Mark Gordon in a statement.

Thanks to Pat for notifying us!

Should Millie Bobby Brown Play Jill in The Silver Chair? Here’s What We Think… | Talking Beasts

Posted November 11, 2017 9:05 am by Glumpuddle 17 Comments

Millie Bobby Brown plays ‘Eleven’ in Stranger Things

Hours after the rumor hit that Stranger Things star Mille Bobby Brown has been offered a role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, NarniaWeb podcasters recorded their initial reactions. (Since this is such a hot topic, we are releasing this episode a few days early)

They also discussed new comments from Director Joe Johnston. He announced their intention to begin filming late next year, called The Silver Chair the darkest book in the series, and emphasized his desire for this movie to not feel connected to the previous films.

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The Mark Gordon Company Releases “Murder on the Orient Express”

Posted November 10, 2017 12:57 pm by daughter of the king 2 Comments

The latest film from The Mark Gordon Company, the production company behind The Silver Chair, is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Reviews are so far somewhat mixed, but it currently has a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Does this bode well for future book adaptations from The Mark Gordon Company?

The film also has other ties to Narnia. Kenneth Branagh, who directed the film and starred as the famous detective Hercule Poirot, was the narrator for an audiobook of The Magician’s Nephew. And Derek Jacobi, who plays Edward Henry Masterman, narrated an audiobook of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

RUMOR: Millie Bobby Brown From Stranger Things Offered Role of Jill Pole in The Silver Chair?

Posted November 8, 2017 8:38 pm by Glumpuddle 30 Comments

The first casting rumor for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is making the rounds. ThatHashtagShow claims to have the inside scoop that Millie Bobby Brown was offered the role of Jill Pole earlier this year.

Currently, this is an unconfirmed RUMOR.

And even if she was offered the role, it is possible she turned it down and the production has long since moved on. This story, even if true, might be irrelevant at this point. NarniaWeb is investigating.

The 13-year-old is best know for playing Eleven, a girl of few words, in the Netflix original series Stranger Things, which just released its second season. Here is an interview with Millie from last week.

This is certainly not the first unconfirmed report about Narnia casting. Perhaps most famously, in 2004 it was rumored that Nicole Kidman would play the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of course, this turned out to be false.

Thanks to Joseph Simmonds and everyone else who sent in spy reports about this.

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