Word on the Street
TIME has posted a picture of Ken Stott (voice of Trufflehunter in Prince Caspian) in costume as Balin in The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson. View it here (left). Balin is the cousin of Gimli. In the first Lord of the Rings film, the fellowship fight a cave troll at Balin’s tomb in the Mines of Moria. The first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, releases in December 2012. The next film, There and Back Again, releases a year later.
Ben Barnes (Caspian) has been cast in “The Seventh Son,” Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of the first book in the Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney. He will be playing “the young farmhand who discovers he has an aptitude for perceiving the supernatural.” He joins Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. The film will be directed by Sergey Bodrov, and is currently set for a 2013 release. Read more.
If you see Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, which opened today, keep an ear out for Eddie Izzard (voice of Reepicheep in Prince Caspian) as the voice of Sir Miles Axlerod.
Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger does not hit theaters until July 22, but Narnia screenwriter Stephen McFeely is already working on the script for the sequel. Read more.
Andrew Adamson is producing a computer-animated feature film based on the Dark Horse Comics title, “Beasts of Burden.” Both the film and four-issue mini-series are “set in a community called Burden Hill where a series of supernatural events occur, causing a gang of dogs (and one cat) to team up in order to keep their owners and the town’s residents safe.” Read more. Back in June 2007 while filming Prince Caspian, Adamson told NarniaWeb: “[Computer animation] is definitely something I still want to keep involved in because it’s an art form that I really like and I think it allows you to do very different things than you can’t necessarily do in this medium.”
20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class hit theaters on Friday and grossed $56m in the United States in its opening weekend. The film features James McAvoy (Tumnus) as a young Professor Xavier, who was played by Patrick Stewart in the previous films. Most reviewers have praised McAvoy’s performance. Entertainment Weekly writes: “McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together.” Watch a clip.
Isis Mussenden (Narnia costume designer) has uploaded twenty-six images: eighteen photos from the set, and eight pieces of artwork. View them here
MPC has posted a 6-minute video podcast on the visual effects in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Interviews with the VFX team are included, along with new footage showing shots in the early animation stages. The team discusses DragonEustace, the mist, and Reepicheep. View it here.
To all of you young ladies who have been emailing us begging for advice on how to audition for Polly Plummer in The Magician’s Nephew, this story is for you! Tony Nixon, who played Rynelf in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has typed a really cool blog offering advice to aspiring actors and actresses who want to be in future Narnia films.
When a film is cast it is the job of the casting director(s) to find suitable applicants to audition. Every now and then we might see a “worldwide campaign” to find the next (insert stars name here) and thousands of young hopefuls lined up around the block to get seen. But honestly I can’t remember the last time this happened. It’s not practical and is time consuming. Usually the method is this.
1) A casting brief is sent out to Actors agents (possibly worldwide, but for smaller roles usually in the country where most of the filming will take place) this brief will contain details of the role. A Character description, Age, Gender and any physical traits etc, ethnicity.
2) The Actors agents then submit Actors they represent that they think might be suitable for the role. Occasionally an Actor may hear through the grapevine of a role and ask his/her Agent to submit them for it.
3) The casting director (s) will decide who they want to see for Auditions. The director may also be involved in seeing the selection of reduced candidates. Now they may ask to see you on a show-reel (DVD) or they may ask to audition you straight away, it varies. For overseas jobs I have sent show-reels and audition tapes.
4) IF you get an audition you may get the role or you may just go through to “Call back” auditions and have to audition again.
To read Tony’s full blog, you can check it out here.
To promote the April 8 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is teaming up with Macy’s Flower Show at Herald Square in New York City.
A garden inspired by the film will be open free to the public from March 27 to April 10, and a special family day will take place April 9 at 2 p.m. Macy’s customers who make a purchase of more than $50 in the childrens section with receive a Narnia goodie bag with a copy of the newly-released The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader DVD. Family day activities include activity stations, coloring stations and readings from the book.
The full story is available here.