Millie Bobby Brown to Star In Enola Holmes Movie… Unavailable for The Silver Chair?

A rumor (still unconfirmed) that Millie Bobby Brown had been offered the role of Jill Pole in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair broke late last year. But, her schedule is filling up.

According to Deadline, the Stranger Things actress is now set to star in and produce a movie based on the Enola Holmes mystery series. This makes it seem less likely that she will be available for The Silver Chair, which is supposed to begin production later this year.

It is still possible that Brown was indeed offered the role, but declined it. But nothing has been confirmed.

Would she make a good Jill? Here’s what we think.

15 Responses

  1. narnia fan 7 says:

    The report doesn't give any idea of when the 'Enola Holmes' film would be made so I think it's possible she could still be available for Silver Chair. All the same I'm kind of giving up on the idea of Brown playing Jill.

  2. Leorio says:

    Nevermind, still got Ruby Barnhill.

  3. JFG says:

    I feel bad about the idea that Brown won’t play Jill Pole because she can’t, or because she doesn’t want to. She is a great young actress, even if she’s quickly growing too mature for the role of a 12-year-old. But still, there are thousands of great child actors who could play the character and do her justice. I’m not too concerned. P.S. I’m interested to know who the filmmakers want to play Eustace Scrubb etc.!

  4. That is much more important. The story is told from Jill's point of view, but Eustace's importance is because he told her about the place, he was there beforehand and he is Jill's companion and helper. Whoever plays Eustace needs to be as good an actor as does the person playing Jill.

  5. JFG says:

    I agree with you about casting both a good actress and actor, because in many ways, Eustace is a co-lead with Jill, and less of a supporting charter like Puddleglum;
    Similar to how Samwise was kind of a co-lead with Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, and less of a supporting character like Gollum – I know, Puddleglum is not like Gollum! 🙂
    The relationship between all 3 main characters is important, but Jill & Eustace's friendship is central to the story, maybe more so than Jill & Aslan.
    It's all just my opinion, but there's a reason Lewis wrote the opening scene of the book as a conversation between two kids behind a school gym, and it wasn't just to start the plot. It was to start an emotional connection between our main characters.
    This requires dam good actors to play Eustace and Jill.

  6. Skilletdude says:

    If it were up to me, I would prefer the cast to be relatively unknown, but I get why the studio may be going in the other direction. And while I haven't seen anything Brown has been in, from the interviews I've seen, she acts far too grown up for her age. That's not isolated to her; most child stars do. I just don't happen to like it. In contrast, the Pevensie actors had a naive and unpolished quality about them, on and off-stage, that fit well for their characters.

  7. Tiriana says:

    I agree with what you said about Millie and about the "Pevensies," Skilletdude. The one interview I saw Millie in, I thought she was an adult! With the Pevensie actors I never got that (of course, I KNEW they were kids; they both looked it and acted it; Millie looks and acts older). Those four were something special.

  8. JFG says:

    I think Brown was approached for the part of Jill partly because she is a great young actress NOW, and not just because she is a fresh face to Hollywood Cinema.
    Critics who disliked the original Narnia movies felt the young cast was "weak" and "unmemorable" when compared to "great" child actors – despite Georgie Henley and Skander Keynes winning many Young Actor/Actress awards.
    Joe Johnston probably wants young actors who will deliver great performances, similar to how young actors did so in older movies, rather than taking a risk on fresh faces to lead the film. Examples: It worked (overall) with Harry Potter because 8 films is a great way to show maturity in young actors. But Narnia changes its young cast every 1-2 movies, so there is more pressure to pick well known actors for the individual parts.

  9. Roger says:

    In an interview Millie said that she was reading the Narnia books. If that means anything we do not know at this time.

  10. narnia fan 7 says:

    Do you have a link to that interview?

  11. Roger says: at 13:08

    This is at the Rhode Island Comic Con 2016.

    Sorry that it took me so long to find it. I to go through my web log for the last month to find it.

    We have no way of knowing if she is reading the Narnia books for a movie or because she is a good Brit doing what good Brits do: read Narnia.

  12. narnia fan 7 says:

    Thanks for the link. I agree that this probably doesn't mean anything, especially since the interview is from March of last year, which is before she was reportedly offered the role.

  13. Roger says:

    We do not know. We can hope that she is interested and is insisting that the script is a faithful adaptation of the book. I would love to see her play Jill. But she is 13 and about to turn 14, is very close to her family, and has many demands on her time. We can all understand if she says 'No'. I do think that she has been approached. TriStar would be foolish if it did not approach her. She is so good at PR and is an talented actor and very popular.

    I saw her name on a list of the sexiest actresses in Hollywood, and I found this disturbing. She is just 13. Yes, she looks great and has a great personality, but she is just 13.

    The Enola Holmes series is probably a few years off. "Stranger Things" was most unusual in that from the time that Netflix green lite it until the product was out the door was only 18 months. It usually takes 3-5 years to get something out. Millie could do both without any overlap and still do 'Stranger Things'.

    The only thing we can do is wait. I do not expect any news until summer. Hopefully TriStar will start some PR then, but they NOT need to spend $50 million on PR. Millie can help keep this amount down. She is so good at interacting with the fans. LWW did a lot of PR before the release of the movie with great effect. The short documentaries were very good.

  14. Mary says:

    Yes, children nowadays are very adults I was teaching a drawing of a boy who is ten years old, and he behaved like he is forty…. open media space with all sorts of "adult" things that age children, deprive them of their childhood is to blame