Tony Nixon Cast in ‘Jack and Tollers’

Word has reached us that Tony Nixon (who played Rynelf in Fox/Walden’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) is the first actor to be cast in Jack and Tollers. He will be playing James Welch. No word yet on who will be playing C.S. Lewis or J.R.R Tolkien, but more news is expected very soon. Read the official announcement below:

NixonGOOD NEWS from Third Dart Studios!  Actor TONY NIXON (First Mate RYNELF in THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER) is the first actor to be cast in JACK AND TOLLERS! Tony’s role is pivotal as he’ll be playing JAMES WELCH who was the Director of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC during World War II.  Welch contacted C. S. Lewis and through a heartfelt exchange asked him to speak for their Nation in dire need.  Third Dart is thrilled to have Tony on board as we move closer to production.  From playing a character in Lewis’ legendary work of fiction for children, to playing a man of history who helped Lewis accept his calling during WW II, Tony has much to offer our project…in his own words he says, “My life seems to have intersected with that of Jack and Tollers in so many ways. As a child growing up in England the Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were part of our childhood. I remember clearly my cousin Peter and I avidly working our way through the Narnia adventures, and discussing them in great detail. In 2008 I was in France filming a documentary about my great grandfather who was killed in the Somme district in 1916. It turns out that Tolkien was at the very battlefield on the same day that my ancestor was killed. Who knows, maybe they passed one another. Of course stepping onto the deck of The Dawn Treader for over three months was amongst the most amazing experiences of my life. Whilst the part of James Welch is quite small in the sense of screen time it is an important part of the story of C.S. Lewis and the history of the British people, at a grave time in the history of that nation. I am honoured to be trusted with this part of an amazing story.”

Read our recent interview with co-screenwriter Darren Scott Jacobs.

16 Responses

  1. Impending Doom says:

    Best wishes to him and the rest of the crew! A most important task lies before them!

  2. Paul Gutekunst says:

    Simply awesome 🙂

  3. Buddy says:


  4. narnia fan 7 says:

    Good for Him! I'm vary interested to see who will play Lewis.

  5. coracle says:

    Conga rats, Tony! Glad to see you getting a special role like this.

  6. Swanwhite7 says:

    I am sooooo looking forward to this film. I can't to see who plays Lewis.

  7. Brian in Calgary says:

    I can't wait to see who plays Lewis AND who plays Tolkien.

  8. Shift says:

    It must be so special to have a role in this movie! I can only dream…

  9. Doctor Whobbitlocked Narnian says:

    Simply Awesome, I loved his performance as Rynelf in VDT and I hope to see him in future films.
    If I could ever play in a movie myself, this one would be very interesting.
    Best of Wishes Mr. Nixon. Congradulations

  10. Shift says:

    It's too bad most of his scenes were cut!

  11. Mary J. Martin says:

    A good old-fashioned adventure story, this family-friendly film. Tony Nixon simply great

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  12. Aslan's #1 Fan says:

    Congrats!! =D
    I wish you well Tony Nixon!

  13. Son of Adam says:

    Brian Percival as the Narnia director, is anyone suggested him before?

  14. puddleglum says:

    Well wishes to you Tony. I hope your understanding of Lewis's work, and faith grow as you take on the role.

  15. Jewel says:

    Hope they consult Douglass Gresham on the making of the film, and keep the history right. Also an emphasis on the inklings would be good.

  16. Jewel says:

    So cool! Is Joy going to be in it.