New Chronicles Of Narnia Prince Caspian Trailer & Images
Reported by Jay Cochran - 11:19 PM 2008.05.05
This film opens in theatres on Friday, May 16th.
The wardrobe is gone…the White Witch is dead…and Aslan has been missing for over 1,000 years. Now, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are beckoned back to Narnia to find a vastly different world, where a new enemy stalks the battlefield and the land’s kindly creatures find themselves on the brink of extinction. Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, the second motion picture based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved series of literary classics. The film continues the spectacular story that began with the Oscar-winning 2005 release, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which earned over $745 million in its worldwide theatrical release, making it one of the most successful movies ever made, and one of the biggest successes in the annals of the Walt Disney Studios.
Acclaimed director Andrew Adamson (the Oscar-winning “Shrek,” “Shrek 2”) embarks on his second Narnian film adventure from a screenplay he co-wrote with Emmy Award-winning writing partners Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (HBO’s “The Life and Death of
Peter Sellers”), who also co-scripted the first film. Adamson also reunites with the producers of the first Narnia movie—Academy Award winner Mark Johnson (“Rain Man,” “Bugsy,” “The Notebook”) and Philip Steuer (“The Rookie,” “The Alamo”). Also reprising their roles are executive producer and former Walden Media executive Perry Moore and co-producer Douglas Gresham, author Lewis’ stepson.
Once again toplining as the Pevensie children are the four young British talents discovered by Adamson for the first film: 12-year-old Georgie Henley as Lucy, the youngest and the first to encounter the great Aslan on their new journey through Narnia; 16-year-old Skandar PRODUCTION INFORMATION Keynes as Edmund, the younger boy who betrayed his siblings for his own selfish gain in the first adventure; 19-year-old Anna Popplewell as Susan, the cautious and practical older sister; and 21-year-old William Moseley as Peter, the eldest of the siblings and now High King of Narnia who valiantly leads the battle to save his realm from the tyrannical reign of the evil King Miraz.
The film’s title character is played by Ben Barnes, a 26-year-old British stage actor best known for his role in the drama “The History Boys” for London’s National Theatre Company, the first West End staging of Alan Bennett’s awardwinning play. He recently completed the film adaptation of Noel Coward’s “Easy Virtue” opposite Jessica Biel and Colin Firth, starred in the independent feature “Bigga than Ben” and had a featured role in Matthew Vaughn’s fantasy film “Stardust.”
Also co-starring in the new film are Peter Dinklage (“The Station Agent,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Elf ”) as Trumpkin the Red Dwarf, who accompanies the Pevensie children on their new journey, and Warwick Davis (“Willow,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Return of the Jedi”) as the suspicious Black Dwarf, Nikabrik.
Veteran Kiwi actor Shane Rangi (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) plays Asterius, the aging minotaur, and British musical theater star Cornell S. John (Sir Trevor Nunn’s “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess,” Julie Taymor’s “The Lion King”) is Glenstorm, the leader of the centaurs.
The film’s international cast includes acclaimed Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto (“The Big Blue,” “Mostly Martha,” “Don’t Move”) as the villainous King Miraz; fellow Italian performer Pierfrancesco Favino (“Night at the Museum,” “Romanzo Criminale”) as the leader of the Telmarine army, General Glozelle; Mexican star Damián Alcázar (“Men with Guns,” “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself ”) as Lord Sopespian, another high-ranking soldier in Miraz’s army; Spanish actress Alicia Borrachero (“Periodistas,” TV’s “Hospital Central,” “Love in the Time of Cholera”) as Miraz’s loyal wife, Queen Prunaprismia; and veteran French-Flemish actor Vincent Grass (“Vatel,” “Ma Vie en Rose”) as the wise old sage, Doctor Cornelius.
Scottish actor Ken Stott (“Casanova,” “King Arthur,” “The Boxer”) lends his vocal talents to the CGI character of Trufflehunter, the faithful badger. Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”) returns as the voice of Aslan the Lion, and veteran English comic Eddie Izzard (TV’s “The Riches”) voices Reepicheep, the swashbuckling mouse.
Inspired by Lewis’ imaginative creations, the story’s human cast will once again be complemented by a gallery of original creatures portrayed onscreen in the combined efforts of live action and CGI animation under the supervision of returning visual effects co-supervisor and Oscar nominee Dean Wright (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Titanic”), who will collaborate this time with VFX veteran and longtime Adamson ally Wendy Rogers (“Shrek,” “Flushed Away”). The pair, who supervised over 1,600 CGI shots for the film, teamed with the movie magicians at London’s Moving Picture Company (all five “Harry Potter” films, “Wallace and Curse of the Were-Rabbit”), the Oscar-winning Framestore-CFC (“Superman Returns,” “Children of Men,” all five “Harry Potter” films) and Weta Digital in New Zealand. Five-time Academy Award-winning visualist Richard Taylor (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “King Kong”) and the wizards from his Weta Workshop designed the film’s armor and weaponry for Narnia’s new inhabitants, the Telmarines.
Oscar winners Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero and Tami Lane also return to design and apply the film’s special makeup effects, manufacturing hundreds of creature prosthetics for many of the unique characters in the story. KNB EFX Group, Berger’s award-winning design house in Los Angeles, fabricated several full-scale animatronic suits for the story’s unique Narnian beasts, which include minotaurs, satyrs and centaurs. Oscar-nominated production designer Roger Ford (“Babe,” “Peter Pan,” “The Quiet American”), award-winning costume designer Isis Mussenden (“Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “10 Items or Less”), film editor Sim Evan-Jones (“Shrek,” “Shrek 2”) and Grammy-nominated composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “Flushed Away”) all repeat their roles from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Karl Walter Lindenlaub, ASC, bvk (“Independence Day,” “Stargate”) joins Adamson’s technical team as director of photography.
In addition to its commercial success, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” also earned numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup, as well as nominations for visual effects and sound; the British Academy (BAFTA) Award for Best Makeup, along with nominations for visual effects and costumes; Golden Globe nominations for Best Movie Score and Alanis Morissette’s original song “Wunderkind”; and a pair of Grammy nominations for score and Imogen Heap’s original composition “Can’t Take It In.”
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN began filming on February 12, 2007, for six weeks on both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, where locations again included Henderson Studios’ soundstages as well as brand-new sites on the country’s alluring Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island. South Island locales included the isolated
Haast River Valley bordering the Tasman Sea on the country’s verdant South Westland coast, and forests near Paradise Valley and Glenorchy outside of Queenstown. After concluding the New Zealand portion of the schedule in late March, the company relocated to Eastern Europe and the legendary soundstages at Prague’s Barrandov and Modrany Studios. Key exterior locations in the Czech Republic included the Northern Bohemian city of Usti, the primary site of the film’s epic climactic battle, and locales in Poland and Slovenia.
The enchanting characters of C.S. Lewis’ timeless fantasy come to dazzling life again in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. This time out, the Pevensie siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy—are magically transported from World War II-era England to Narnia through a tube station near London’s Trafalgar Square, embarking on a perilous new adventure and an even greater test of their faith and courage. One year after the incredible events of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the former kings and queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway realm, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has faded into legend. The land’s magical talking animals and mythical creatures exist as little more than folktales to the Telmarines, a race of humans led by the merciless Lord Miraz. The mighty lion Aslan has not been seen in 1,000 years. The four children have been summoned back to Narnia by Caspian, the young heir to the Telmarine throne, to combat his evil uncle, Miraz. With the help of a crusty, valiant dwarf (Trumpkin), a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep and a mistrustful Black Dwarf (Nikabrik), they lead the Narnians on a remarkable journey to restore magic and glory to the land.
Prince Caspian is the second of Lewis’ seven-book Chronicles of Narnia series, which includes The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, The Last Battle and the story that launched the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Published between 1950 and 1956 and long regarded as one of literature’s most enduring and imaginative classics, Lewis’ books have sold over 100,000,000 copies in more than 35 languages, making it one of the biggest book series the world over.
As the creative and artistic director of Lewis’ estate and the C.S. Lewis Company, Douglas THE RETURN TO NARNIA Gresham (the son of Lewis’ wife, Joy Davidman Gresham, and her first husband, novelist William Lindsay Gresham) worked for over 20 years to bring Lewis’ books to the big screen. Following the resounding success of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Gresham is embarking on what he calls “the second chapter in a lifelong dream.” “I watched that dream come true when ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ exploded onto movie screens around the world in 2005,” Gresham exclaims. “I always expected the movie to be a delight and a joy to world audiences, but I have been somewhat humbled by its level of success.”
Producer Mark Johnson believes the second film has surpassed the original in many respects. “This movie is bigger than ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’” he says. “It’s bigger in terms of the number of people behind the camera. It’s bigger in terms of the number of people in front of the camera and, most importantly, it’s bigger dramatically. The themes that we’re playing out here, and the relationships, are much bigger and a bit darker than they were in the first film.”
Director Adamson explains: “PRINCE CASPIAN tells the story of Narnia 1,300 years after the Pevensies left. The Telmarines have taken over Narnia and driven all the creatures into the forest. Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, has been ousted by his uncle, Miraz. Caspian blows Susan’s horn to bring the Pevensie children back to Narnia to save the land from Miraz, this unrightful king.” The story reminds Johnson of the films he loved as a kid. “It harkens back to some of those movies that were full of adventure and swashbuckling and brave characters. We even have a castle and a moat! On top of that, it takes place in Narnia, so it involves C.S. Lewis’ imagination.”
Unlike the first movie, which deliberately started small and built to the epic battle scene, PRINCE CASPIAN starts big and gets even bigger. “We’ve seen that epic world now,” notes Adamson. “So, at the beginning of this movie, we had to start epic and then get more epic. We had a lot more exterior locations. We had castles and kingdoms created by a new race of men, the Telmarines. So there was this whole new world to design. Also, this film is probably a little darker and grittier than the last one, partly because the children are older, making the story more adult
“In the last film, I think we went to some pretty dark places,” he adds. “Aslan’s death, certainly, is one of the darkest moments in the film. I think this movie has the potential to be even more sinister. Miraz is potentially someone that we might actually see in real life, which makes him and the story that much darker.
THE RETURN TO NARNIA “‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is a very emotional story about sacrifice and forgiveness,” Adamson says. “In some ways, this is a more personal story, a story of these kids returning to a place that they love but that no longer exists. This is more about coming to adulthood, about growth and adventure.”
That idea resonated with the director on a personal level. Although born in New Zealand, Adamson spent his formative teen years in Papua New Guinea, “which no longer exists as I remember it growing up. For me, it’s a similar experience for these four children as they venture back to Narnia, a world that is not the same as when they first went there.”
“When I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child, I remember getting to the end of it and thinking, ‘Well, hang on a sec,’” Adamson recalls. “These guys were kings and queens. They ruled Narnia for 15 years. They fought battles. They won wars against giants and now they have to go back to school? I wanted to see what happened next.”
“PRINCE CASPIAN is a completely different story from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’” producer Johnson explains. “The children have adjusted to a varying degree to being British school kids again. All of a sudden, they’re brought back to Narnia because they are needed to help save the land once again.”