April Fools: The Jadis Question
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NarniaWeb has received various reports from Fox/Walden concerning Jadis’ involvement with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew. Fans of the book will doubtless remember how Jadis is awakened by Digory and Polly as they explore the ruins of a destroyed world; however, her involvement in the production of the upcoming film adaptation remains foggy.
Last Wednesday at a conference in East Timor Hillary Uss, a spokesperson for Walden Media mentioned that Jadis’ origins may have to be different in the upcoming film, from what they are in the books. “The one thing we don’t want the audience thinking,” Uss said, “is that Digory is responsible for the evil that befalls Narnia. Doing so would give the wrong impression to the viewers of the film.” To remedy this, it seems as if the filmmakers are going to have Digory and Polly arrive in Charn soon after Jadis’ use of the Deplorable Word. “I think that the audience will be really impressed with some of the shots that we have planned. The city is going to be absolutely destroyed! This destruction is obviously Jadis’ doing.” Uss went on to say, “If everything goes well, the film will clearly show that Uncle Andrew is the one that is responsible for the witch entering the young world of Narnia. We hope to accomplish this by showing the manner in which he forces the children into the recently destroyed Charn. It also gives a great opportunity to show Jadis strong-arming the children, and will give a really great dynamic between the three characters.”
Hillary Uss went on to elaborate on the character of Jadis. “We’re beginning to look for actresses who would be willing to play such a sinister character,” she said. “Tilda Swinton is a brilliant actress, but many fans of the book seem to be getting angry with her involvement in the films, and have been slapping the floor in frustration at seeing her in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We must also face the fact that Tilda has aged considerably since the filming of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. For these reasons, Fox thought that it might be better to remove her from any future films.” When questioned about the actresses interested in the role, she replied, “I’m not at liberty to say at this point, but there are several teenage superstars driving the streets of Hollywood these days. Our casting department has been in contact with a good number of them already, and we have already made a great deal of progress in finding the next White Witch.” One such superstar reported to have been approached is teen sensation Rebecca Black, whose video “Friday” went viral recently. When questioned about this, Uss was quoted as saying, “Well, I can’t confirm that of course, but I’ll say that if Black was chosen, it would be the sort of fit for which we’re looking. She’s modern, current, and since she’s been bullied over her incredible music video, she’ll understand the bullying themes of this film, which will give her even more insight into the character we’re trying to portray.” Hillary Uss went on to say that it is Fox/Walden’s hope that using a younger actress to portray Jadis will place more pressure on the relationship that Jadis has with Digory and Polly. “This film will really help modern teenagers see just how bad bullying can be, and just how big of a threat that bullies can pose.”
Further developments on this late breaking story will be coming soon as more is revealed to us within the next few days.