Word on the Street
It appears that the official website for the Chronicles of Narnia films was taken down sometime in the last few days. “Narnia.com” now redirects to a Facebook page. Thanks to ‘Bulgy Bear’ for the alert.
It is with great sadness that we report that Jeffrey Perry, who played Tumnus in BBC’s 1988 television adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” has passed away at the age of 63. He was found dead in his home last Saturday. Please join NarniaWeb as we offer our condolences to his family. Read more. Thanks to ‘220ChrisTian’ for the alert.
The trailer for Rupert Goold’s upcoming stage production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is online. View it below, and visit LionWitchtheshow.com for more info.
Is it Narnia? No. Is it awesome? Yes. Look for Ken Stott, the voice of Trufflehunter, playing Balin. He is wearing makeup by Tami Lane, who won an Academy Award for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Sit back and enjoy
Narnia fans are in for a treat this Christmas season! The one and only time lord, the Doctor, is taking a trip this Christmas and there are police boxes… I mean wardrobes, a snowy forest, and a large old house involved. The trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special has hit the web via YouTube and it holds many a familiar reference for Narnia fans. There is no release date on the trailer, but tune in sometime this Christmas for “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe!”
Fantasy and Narnia concept artist Justin Sweet will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA from November 5, 2011 until November 28th. Admission is free. You can see more about the show at gallerynucleus.com. You can visit Justin Sweet’s website at www.justinsweet.com.
Ben Barnes has been cast in Antonio Negret’s upcoming film Overdrive. He will be starring alongside Karl Urban (who played Eomer in The Lord of the Rings). Read more.
While promoting the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release of Captain America, Narnia screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that the sequel will be primarily set in the modern day (unlike the first film which was primarily set in the 1940s). Here’s a clip:
CM: “[Captain America] was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he’s in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white.”
The sequel will probably be released in 2014. The first film releases on DVD/Blu-ray this Tuesday.
Edward Douglas from ComingSoon.net recently posted an interview with Ben Barnes (Caspian) about his upcoming film The Seventh Son which releases in February 2013. Here is a clip from the end:
“Hopefully it will hold me in good stead,” he quipped when we mentioned his previous experience with literary action epics from the last two movies based on C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
As far as that franchise, he feels two movies might be it for him as his character only appears in one more book, “The Silver Chair,” and in that one, he’s in his 70s.
“No more opportunity for me to go back and swashbuckle at 30 I don’t think but we’ll see,” he said. “It’s possible, but I think they might go and do ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ next anyway, which is like a prequel.”
Ben turned 30 in August. Caspian is 66 at the beginning of “The Silver Chair,” but his younger self makes an appearance at the end. Read the full interview here. Thanks to ‘Darin’ and ‘Karen’ for the alert.
This year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special will be a take on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe”: “The special sees the Time Lord (Matt Smith, 28) crash land in war-torn England. Posing as the caretaker of a creepy old house in Dorset he embarks on a magical mystery adventure with Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril. The three have been evacuated from London as the capital comes under attack during World War Two. And there’s plenty of surprises as the Doctor leads them into a new world.” Read the story here. Thanks to ‘Ellie’.