Dawn Treader Screened in New York

Johnson and Apted in NYC (photo by Carla Hay)

A thirty minute series of clips from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was screened in New York on Monday night. The Examiner website has posted an in-depth article by Carla Hay on the event.

You can read the full article here.

The first portion of the article is spoiler free, but there are descriptions of each of the nine clips shown with extensive spoilers. Scenes with the Pevensies, Eustace, and Reepicheep are all described.

A third trailer is also mentioned. The Examiner reporter calls it “a visual feast.” She also said of the film as a whole that “looks like it fully delivers the magical excitement in that classic story.”

Here are some highlights from the scene descriptions and interviews:

  • Susan is seen writing a letter to Lucy and Edmund near the beginning of the film.
  • During a food shortage on the ship, Reepicheep catches Eustace stealing an orange.
  • Lucy is kidnapped by the Dufflepuds and taken to the magician’s house to say the spell.
  • The seven swords must be placed at Aslan’s feet in order to destroy the Dark Island.
  • Lilliandil introduces herself as the daughter of Ramandu.
  • DragonEustace fights the sea-serpent.
  • Lucy asks Reepicheep to let her hug him before he leaves, and he reluctantly consents.

Michael Apted:

Q: What’s the real story on re-casting the voice of Reepicheep for “Dawn Treader”? At first Bill Nighy was supposed to do the voice, and then Simon Pegg got the role.
Well, I did it with Bill, first of all, but it turned out that he was perhaps a little too old for it. He was great. I loved it. I did record him, but then we looked at it very carefully, and thought, “Well, it doesn’t quite have that energy.” He has more drollness of a slightly older man. And he was very disappointed, and I was upset. But you know, Simon came in, and we auditioned a lot of people. Simon was very good. He came in and just nailed it.

Q: Can you clear up any rumors about why Eddie Izzard was not asked to reprise the role of Reepicheep?
I wanted to make some changes. I changed Caspian’s accent. And I wanted to change [the voice of Reepicheep], because I thought we’d get more humor out of it. It was just my choice, really.

Mark Johnson:

Q: What lessons did you learn from working on “Prince Caspian” that you took with you in working on “Dawn Treader”?
it’s really the books. People almost want us to apologize that “Prince Caspian” took us away from the world of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” It’s in the books. We had to the one next because of the kids, or we would never have been able to do it. I did learn that it’s very important, this whole notion of Narnia and Narnia creatures and being back there, as opposed to being more earth-bound. We learned to embrace the magic and the wonder of Narnia, as opposed to being more concrete, I think. And this [“Dawn Treader”] book really leant that to us.

Q: I know you get asked this question a lot, but I’ll ask anyway: Will there be a fourth “Narnia” movie?
Keep in mind that the two youngest Penvensie kids, Lucy and Edmund, don’t come back, so the next movie will have Eustace. We could do “The Silver Chair” or we could do “The Magician’s Nephew.”

Thanks to icarus for the story!

UPDATE: ComingSoon.net has posted their report, and it includes more spoilers. The biggest one by far is that Caspian needs to find the seven swords in order to prevent the White Witch from returning!

106 Responses

  1. no no NOOOOO. i'm am so incredibly upset about this. i was really really hoping they wouldn't ruin the movie! gah! i guess i'll have to wait til i watch it but it sounds just horrible. i mean horrible.

  2. aslan77 says:

    Who can tell that the narnia books tie into the bible?

  3. aslan77 says:


  4. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    When I first glanced at this article a few hours ago, I mentally screamed when I got to the part about the White Witch.); I also got a bit worried about Edmund's character especially, because he sounded so much like Peter from the first movie. However, at comingsoon.net, they have their own perspective on the footage. At the end of the review, the overall analysis said that the characters are pretty much like they are in the book. It made me feel a little better after I read this. But for the White Witch…..

  5. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    whoops! Meant to say The Examiner.

  6. Lucy says:

    you're nuts.

  7. Clive Staples Sibelius says:

    What filmmakers do is the same as burning books.

  8. Narnia_is_Home says:

    I'm so excited!!! It sounds to be like the film will be great. So the seven swords thing is a little odd, but it doesn't bother me too much. Overall it seems to be sticking to the spirit of the book. I'm definitely looking forward to it!! 😀 😀 😀

  9. Roger says:

    We are going to see the White Witch because Tilda Swinton is an Oscar winner and good box office. Remember this movie must make money.

  10. QueenLucy12 says:

    O MY!!! THE WW!????????? CAN'T THEY Just LET Her DIE ALREADY!!!!!!?????

  11. Liberty Hoffman says:

    this. is. AWESOME! 😀 I can hardly wait!

  12. icarus says:

    I am still of the very firm belief that the "Lost Souls" referenced in the trailer were the Lost Narnian Slaves, the finding of whom is seemingly heavily connected with Gael and Rhince (incidentally we didnt hear anything about that plot thread here at all). I believe that they will have to rescue their "souls" (literal or metaphorical) from the Dark Island in some way.

  13. Annabeth says:

    I'm so excited! I shouldn't have read this because now I want to see the movie even more. the white witch seriously needs to get lost, she is getting kinda annoying now. i mean, this is the third movie with her in it! i'm glad about the change to Caspians accent, it was soo stupid before.

  14. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I second that!

  15. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I'm really upset By the looks of things they are twisting the entire story line. They are also making it way to confusing. They are seaching for the seven lost lords NOT seven swords! And dragon eustace is at the beginning NOT the end. And the whole serpent thing UGH! I hope they keep the mermaids urm, yea that's all 🙂

  16. Hope in the Lord says:

    I'm not liking this at all. They've ruined of my favorite books and made it into a lame, annoying poor man's version of the epic adventure it was supposed to be.

    Like Caspian thinking Lucy is Susan, please why did they have to go there? And Ed, my poor Ed they've ruined him like they ruined Peter in PC. I know Ed has his flaws and is hotheaded, but they've gone made him into a sort of bully toward Eustace. That's one move I really had wanted to see off my list of anticipated movies this year.

  17. Eavis says:

    Wait. What! "Caspian then proudly introduces Edmund and Lucy to his crew as the High King and Queen of Narnia." What in the world? *hopes it's only a typographical error* And poor, poor Edmund. They just can't get him right, can they? People, get it right. Edmund does NOT have any rediculous attraction to RD. In fact, he's scared by her, because he thinks she might be a witch. PLEASE don't ruin him. And RD – they seem to be making her into some sort of modern, sassy girl stuffed into a dress and stuck in a fantasy. Have pity, please…

  18. Eavis says:

    Ah, but if you remember, the book says that Edmund was looking a little uncomfortable while she was talking – the implication is that he is worried she might be a witch.

  19. Queen Elizabeth says:

    They are ruining my favorite book. And did anyone notice Edmund's blue sword in the trailer. It's like hey Ed, Frodo called and he wants his sword back. The Orcs are coming!!!

  20. Leolani says:

    Seasick. Yeah >.> That's a good way to describe it…

  21. LL says:

    Has anyone seen this picture before?!! It's Edmund Caspian, Lucy and Eustace (as a dragon) in a cave!!!! It must be new…


  22. Narnian Meerkat says:

    They better do the "The Silver Chair" next! I hope they will make the movie in order when C.S. Lewis wrote them. That's my idea. 😉

    So happy that they will keep Lucy hugging Reepicheep in the movie. That's one of my most favorite parts in the book! 🙂 <3 (thats "heart", in case you didn't notice.)

    I think it's kinda cool that Euestace as a dragon fights the sea serpent. I think it will make his charecter shine. 🙂
    Can't wait till the clips come out! Let's hope it doesn't spoil the movie TOO much. . . . (like, NOT.) 😀

  23. LL says:

    Oh, never mind. 🙂 I guess Narnia Fans has it.


  24. Narnian Meerkat says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! ROFL! Yeah, I kinda agree with that. . . .Why was that sword glowing? Who's sword was it? :/

  25. sorry, i'm just a huge book purist. i'll accept some changes but none of these are necessary or good IMO

  26. maybe her appearance is brief, but her role isn't

  27. Bookwyrm says:

    How is Tilda Swinton good for the box office? The majority of her career has been spent acting in indie films, she's not *that* well known by the average movie-goer. It's not like having Angelina Jolie or one of the other truly big name actresses in the movie.

  28. Bookwyrm says:

    I'm at a loss as to where they got the idea of a High Queen from anyway. It isn't in the books and Susan was never referred to as a High Queen. And Edmund doesn't get promoted to High King just because Peter isn't in Narnia. If that were the case, Edmund would have been High King every time Peter went over the border into Archenland or Ettinsmoor.

  29. Eavis says:

    Exactly! Someone's been reading too many trashy Peter/'OC' fanfics. 🙂 There's always a 'High Queen' in those. Go Codex Consorts!

  30. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    Okay, I have done some thinking. I have started to calm down about the WW thing a little. I have my own theory about what will happen with the sword/Witch thing. When they gather all seven swords and lay them at Aslan, the swords' magic won't work. This will be because Aslan(Jesus representative) will have already won the war with evil(or destroy the Dark Island) because He doesn't need magic to defeat the White Witch because He has the power to defeat evil without magic. This could be what that line in the trailer that caused a controversy "You have returned for a reason," means. Aslan will teach not only He has another name in our world, but that He doesn't even need the smallest amount of magic to destroy Satanic evil. All He needs is His Father(God). I really hope this is something close to the case because to me, this right now seems almost anti-Aslan or something.

  31. Mirima Rosetrader says:

    Huh these are new developments. That's interesting with the seven swords. But why does Dark Island need to be destroyed? That sounds like an awesome battle with Eustace vs. the Sea Serpent. I'm glad they're putting the serpent in. I was hoping they would. I can't wait to see the part with Lucy hugging Reepicheep! 😀 I believe it was a water shortage on the ship and Eustace attempted to steal some water that time. But it's generally the same thing with food. And that's sounds kinda neat that the Dufflepuds kidnapped Lucy and it makes a little more sense since they had a perfect opportunity when Lucy was separate from the others. Are they cutting out Ramandu's part? They haven't mentioned anything about him from what I can recall. But with these changes it seems like King Caspian and the Pevensies and the rest of the characters have more of a goal instead of just finding some lords.

  32. Starlily says:

    You're right… In the book Edmund thought she was beautiful and wanted to believe her, but he was still cautious and wary of being lured into a trap. And he and Caspian weren't giving each other awkward glances.

    But still, I'm not going to worry about it until we get more info. Then…if there really IS a love triangle…I'm going to really FREAK OUT.

  33. Footnote says:

    dinode said: "At least we know Jadis won’t be the Lady of the Green Kirtle, because we know they stopped the White Witch from returning."
    Oh yeah? Aslan KILLED her in the first movie, and she keeps coming back! I'm surprised they didn't transmogrify her into QUEEN Miraz in the second film!

  34. pselpevensie says:

    can't wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. QueenLucy12 says:

    Oh boy! People!! NarniaFans!! Yall Haven't seen the movie. don't judge yet.
    we all just must be alittle over reacting over this. who knows it could make it more interesting.
    Or it could not. so just pray that its as good as the book, but in a different way. Im not all happy over the white witch coming being alittle in the movie, or edmund being so-called "Hot headed".but however they make this movie and get the message in the end as great as it is in the book I think it might be alright. God sent C.S lewis to make these books for more than kids in 4th-6th grade to read in literature or however you got to read the books. But for his Glory.

    I don't want to get all worried, cause I've noticed that I've worried over nothing before.
    Im not saying I won't, cause I know I will.

    God will decide if they're supposed to make all the other movies.
    (which I really hope that He will let the people make it)
    Just rely on Jesus and He will take care of it.

  36. WilliamMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    You said it! I really want to see these clips now! Well, the 7 swords at Aslan's feet change is "ok" I guess, I'm not too disapointed with it. But that's the only thing I'm concerned about, so far 🙂 ! Can't wait for new spoilers!

  37. WilliamMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    I'll kill myself if he falls inlove with her. Then I'll come back to life and kill the dumb people who put that in the story.

  38. LL says:

    100th comment! 🙂

    I'm quite anxious about this film.

  39. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    I agree with you QueenLucy12. I am as well a bit nervous about a few things, but I think everyone should take a deep breath and calm down a little. Though anyone can enjoy Narnia, C.S. Lewis intended to write this books for children. Let the children of today enjoy this great series and not let every tiny thing changed from the book worry us(just let the message of the book be present). At least they didn't change the movie up like they did with the horrible looking adaption of Gulliver's Travels also coming this Christmas. And not to mention the movie Yogi Bear movie that is likely to be smashed to death at the box office.

  40. WilliamMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

    I know!! I mean, Aslan killed her for GOOD! And he also said, "It is finished." Nothing can overcome death if Aslan already killed it for good. Why is the White Witch still important?

  41. Reepicheep says:

    My guess is the lost souls are the lords

  42. Reepicheep says:

    Now it's all starting to make sense. Dark Island needs to be destroyed because it's the one thing stopping people from reaching Aslan's County, the glowing sword Edmund held in the trailer was that of one of the lords and the climax is when the White Witch starts to come back to life again and a battle follows (I mentioned the climax because remember back in February at the conference for Christian media in LA they said the film would build up to a climax)

  43. TumnusTheBrave says:

    for LWW they had i nine minute super trailer about a month before the film came out. i hope they have something like that for VDT

  44. LucyTheValiant says:

    Once again….Thank you icarus! can't wait for december 🙂