Word on the Street
Christopher Tolkien has made it clear he would never sell the film rights to ‘The Silmarillion.’ But that has not stopped James McAvoy (Tumnus) from dreaming. The actor says that if a film adaptation was ever made, he would love to play a younger Gandalf. Read the story here. McAvoy played a young Professor Xavier in X-Men: First Class (2011).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had a record-smashing opening weekend, grossing $84.78M in the United States. If you thought Balin sounded familiar, that is because he is played by Ken Stott, the voice of Trufflehunter in Prince Caspian (2008). And his makeup was applied by Tami Lane, who won an Oscar for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). See Balin at the end of this clip.
Synopsis: When the high school’s gossip girl exposes a secret society called The Sisterhood of Night, the quiet town of Fairview is thrown into the public eye and blogosphere. What follows is a chronicle of three girls’ unique and provocative alternative to the complexities of the digital abyss.
A TV ad for the new iPad includes a quick glimpse of The Magician’s Nephew E-book. View the promo here. Thanks to Ezra for the alert.
William Moseley (Peter) will play will play a young lover in the romantic drama The Silent Mountain. The film is scheduled to be released in 2013. Read more. Thanks to ‘Narnian1’ for the alert.
A few weeks ago, NarniaWebber Icarus wrote up a detailed review of ThreeSixty’s stage adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Check out this official promo reel:
David Suchet has been cast as the voice of Aslan in Rupert Goold’s upcoming stage production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Suchet voiced Aslan in Focus on the Family’s Narnia radio dramas (1999-2002).
“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an iconic story and C S Lewis was an extraordinary writer. He was just magical. To be asked to do the voice of one of the most famous literary animals is a great honour.”
Yesterday, Gymfan15 sent me some pictures she found online of Will hanging out on set. To say we almost didn’t recognize him would be an exaggeration, but Will has grown up a good deal since his Narnia days. Check out the pictures on Zimbio here.
According to the film’s official Facebook page, Adrian Vitoria has officially been chosen to direct The Lion Awakes, an upcoming film on the relationship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Rosie Fellner has also been added as a Producer. They still intend to “bring this film to the big screen next year.” Check out a new poster here.
Ten deleted scenes were included as bonus material on the Prince Caspian DVD/Blu-ray. Now, it appears that some of those scenes have been inserted back into the film for television. We received this report from Wolfloversk:
I was watching Prince Caspian on ABC Family today… and it appeared to be some sort of extended cut. They added in a few of the deleted scenes, and I believe (though I’m not positive) a few of the shots were elongated. There was however no additional shots requiring CGI…
I watched it at 10:30am-1:30pm EST [on Sunday March 11]. Some scenes they included were the sandwich conversation in the apple orchard, an extension of the scene in which the Pensevies entered the Treasure Chamber, and the deleted scene where Peter and Susan storm into the Nursery.
Deleted scenes that remained omitted included the dying dryad scene, the archery training scene, and the Picking of Glenstorm and the Bulgey Bear before the dual.