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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.
Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter
Michael Petroni, Richard LaGravanese
In the enchanted land of Narnia, Edmund and Lucy join King Caspian on a sworn mission to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. So begins a perilous new quest that takes them to the farthest edge of the Eastern world on board the mighty Dawn Treader. Sailing uncharted seas, the old friends must survive a terrible storm, encounters with sea serpents, dragons and invisible enemies to reach lands where magicians weave mysterious spells and nightmares come true. They need every ounce of courage and the help of the great lion Aslan to triumph in their most hazardous adventure of all.
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Bringing a Classic Book to Life
The actors were asked what inspired them in the making of this installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series. Georgie Henley began, "I loved the book; it's my favorite book in the series. That really kind of inspired me. I wanted to take what I loved about the book and recreate it in the film. And also I really wanted to use all the stuff I felt like I've learned on the other two films and kind of use it to give Lucy a good farewell and send her off in style."
Will Poulter continued: "I think the greatest kind of inspiration was the book itself and that was for everyone. Everyone was trying to stay very true to the book. The directors insisted on that. I guess the biggest challenge for me was trying to represent Eustace as he is in the book. Everyone has a vision of what he looks like. I messed that up before I stepped on set, because he has dark hair. I was just very nervous about that. You hate coming out of a film and hearing someone say, 'Aw, I preferred the book.' You feel bad for them because they may have been left out over the representation of something they've grown up with. That was the biggest fear for me. But the book is the inspiration so we all tried to stay as true to the book as we could."
It was noted that for Georgie, this film was a bit of a change from the previous films in that she is in more of a leading role. She responded, "I've always thought that in the Narnia films there's never one main character; it's always an ensemble cast. And I feel the same on this film. But I do think that because she's the only girl she does have more of a role to play, if you know what I mean. In the ensemble she has more of a significance, if you will. And that's kind of pertaining to the first film, because I think people forget that Lucy is actually the one who discovered Narnia, and she is the one who takes everyone into it. And I think touching on that was another technique that we kind of used to revert back to the setting of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—back to the magic of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—that was something that I tried to touch on. I love a bit of girl power and I tried really hard to practice so they would let me do my own stunts."
Since there was a different director for this film that the first two of the series, it was asked whether the change of directors had an impact of the project. Georgie replied, "It was different, definitely, but it wasn't better or worse. Michael [Apted] and Andrew [Adamson] are very, very different directors with their styles, and they're also very different people. It was great for me to work with another director because I've only really had Andrew to work with. It was really good to have this new experience and new director, because that's the way the acting world works. You can't work with one director your whole life. I also think that Michael did a great job with Dawn Treader. It was different, but it was wonderful."
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