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The voice of Aslan is...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of news on the old NARNIA front. I'm sure many of you have seen that beautiful WARDROBE standee at your local cineplex and if you're a fan of Lewis' NARNIA series then the juices must be flowing.

According to the official newsleter I received not more 15 minutes ago, they have announced the voice of Aslan. No, it's not James Earl Jones (he's already done the kingly lion thing before, dontcha know?), no it's not Sean Connery (thank god)... Here's a hint: "I swear to God I'm gonna pistol whip the next guy that says 'Shenanigans.'" Or "Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black." OK, one more. "You were an animal then and you're an animal now. I just gave you claws."

That's right, dude! It's noneother than Brian Cox, the original Hannibal Lector, Cpt. O'Hagan himself.

I love this choice, but then again I love Brian Cox. I have no idea how he'll approach the Jesus-Lion, but I have a lot of faith in him as an actor. All the early art from this flick looks gorgeous. I hope they pull it off!!!

PS The release date for THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE has been confirmed as Dec. 9th 2005!!!





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  • Dec. 9, 2004, 1:53 p.m. CST

    First.

    by SnowMann

    that's right biotches.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I love Brian Cox

    by luckylindy

    What a great choice. I remember reading these books...theyre friggin great. Although Brian may have to lower his voice a bit for that lion. Anyone else notice he has a high voice...or am I just on crack?

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 2:12 p.m. CST

    BRIAN COX ROCKS!!!!!!!!

    by coen_fan

    Stryker was the best comic-book villain ever.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 2:28 p.m. CST

    you said you love

    by stavx

    cox......heh heh heh...u r the gay

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox, how disappointing.

    by Floyd Gondolli

    Good choice and all, but not very imaginative. I personally would have picked Dizzee Rascal. Fix up, LOOK SHARP!!

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Really enjoying Quint's news

    by JAGUART

    Thanks again Quint! You're slugging it out in the trenches of AICN and we appreciate it!

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I was rooting for Ronny Cox.

    by rev_skarekroe

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox? I guess their budget ran over and they needed someone

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Should have got Crispen Glover...

    by jimmy_009

    ...that of course was everyone's first choice, but he's notoriously picky about his roles. Brain Cox should be a solid plan B.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox!! I've seen ALL his... movie.

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Er, uh. . . who?

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Well, it makes sense. I mean, now that ODB is dead.

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Nigga please.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:50 p.m. CST

    HUGE Mistake - should have been voiced by Hulk Hogan

    by Itchy

    "Get in the wardrobe now, BROTHER"

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Of course we care. We are all huge gigantic movie fans, and we

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    If it's not your thing, that's cool too, but then why bother to come here, log on, and complain about it all?

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 4 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox is the king of all Geek Films

    by Lost Skeleton

    ... nuff said...end of discussion!

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Poor Old Lu

    by MemBirdman

    This could be very very good. I remember him as Uncle Argyle in Braveheart. He had the quiet strength, the gentle sternness that Aslan has. Yeah, I don't have a problem with this at all. Now if they just don't screw up the rest...I'm telling you, for the Christian community, this is bigger than LOTR.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 4:03 p.m. CST

    good choice

    by MiltonWaddams

    he's got a good voice for that sort of thing. he was in some terrible movie as a villian, he pulls it off quite nicely.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Not Black!

    by stargirl

    Jeeze.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Ok... great

    by Melian

    Brian Coc ... marvellous!

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 6:04 p.m. CST

    MemBirdman: "I'm telling you, for the Christian community, this

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Wow... funny how that simple phrase just made me extremely uninterested in seeing this film. (And I'm not trying to be mean or disrespectful. I'm just saying when I hear "Christian Community" in regards to entertainment, I think "Davey and Goliath.")

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 6:39 p.m. CST

    "Jokes? Lions Love Jokes! Pull My Thorn!"

    by Blacklist

    Dec 9 seems close. Hope they aren't rushing just to get it out the door and into the box office.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Keith David would have been better

    by Immortal_Fish

    Perhaps even Timothy Dalton in "Beautician and the Beast" mode. Then again, will happily take what was given. Cox is certainly a good pick even if I didn't initially imagine him as the voice of Aslan.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 9:53 p.m. CST

    YES! GOOD CASTING!

    by screenplaywriter

    Brian will rule as Aslan. Sure, Sean Connery or John Rhys-Davies would be perfect casting as well, but damn Disney nailed the head onto the coffin with this one. Congrats!

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 11:24 p.m. CST

    MemBirdman

    by scaler

    That was a pretty broad assertion you made. Yes, The Chronicles of Narnia is a Christian story (meaning that it embodies Christian ideals), but so is The Lord of the Rings. It's been said of Tolkiens masterpiece that, while it never mentions the name of Jesus Christ, you can see his face on every page. Personally, while I absolutely love Lewis' work, I prefer Tolkiens. Lewis, at times, seems to show a bit too much glee at his villains getting what's coming to them. In Tolkien's work, on the other hand, even the worst of villains are portrayed as pitiable (with the possible exception of the Orcs). In that way, The Lord of the Rings may actually be a better representation of Christian ideals than is The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • Dec. 9, 2004, 11:31 p.m. CST

    The true Lecter is lionized!

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Yes, Lecter - even if Mann did use the awkward spelling and had to cut the Dragon because of idiot de Laurentiis. Good news indeed. Of course even with BC, the film(s) may still turn out mediocre...

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 3:57 a.m. CST

    LIGHTST0RMER

    by young1

    And your comment makes me want to be a Christian. Thus the circle of Christian/Anti-Christian continues. The poster for this movie should be Aslan eating his own tail.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Good choice

    by ROBE

    He is a great actor and it is nice to see him play a good guy for a change.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:43 a.m. CST

    super troopers is the fucking bomb!

    by satansteve

    its french for gimme some fuckin cola!

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Pretty cool, I'm glad the avoided the cliche JEJ type.

    by minderbinder

    So will he have a british accent?

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 8:19 a.m. CST

    should have gotten the phenomenal voice actor who gave us Jar Ja

    by devil0509

    Meesa think da White Witch is gonna die! Ex-squeeze me? Oh, dat deep magic from the beginning of time is berry berry powerful!

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 9:36 a.m. CST

    "It's been said of Tolkiens masterpiece that, while it never men

    by DocPazuzu

    Really? Maybe I too can make $28,000 on eBay by selling my Tolkien collection, seeing as how I'm fresh out of Virgin Mary cheese sandwiches.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Coffee enema - you beat me to it dude

    by Otto Parts

    Some people really need to shut up. Cox does have that kind of reassuring warmth to his voice - good choice. "seen all his....movie"????!? Cretin.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Who dares disrespect Davey & Goliath?

    by Duck of Death

    Man, that cartoon made me want to become a Christian! Then I discovered that my church consisted mainly of crazed idiots, so I quit and went back to watching scrambled cable TV porn.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST

    LOTR may have some "christian ideals", but that's pretty vague,

    by minderbinder

    You have death and resurrection, belief, judgement day. Much of it isn't even allegory, it's completely blatant.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 12:40 p.m. CST

    SCALER

    by Super Person

    "Lewis, at times, seems to show a bit too much glee at his villains getting what's coming to them. In Tolkien's work, on the other hand, even the worst of villains are portrayed as pitiable (with the possible exception of the Orcs). In that way, The Lord of the Rings may actually be a better representation of Christian ideals than is The Chronicles of Narnia." And yet, in my experience, according to your assertion, while Tolkien's work might be a better representation of the IDEALS of Christianity, Lewis' would be a better representation of the reality... I'm not trying to be inflammatory, but unfortunately among us nonreligious types, Christianity these days, as preached by its loudest voices, is up there with Islam in pure spite and vitriol for its enemies...

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 1:15 p.m. CST

    minderbender and Super Person

    by scaler

    First, minderbender, in regards to the Christian ideals of LOTR, I'm not reading into it was isn't there. Tolkien was a VERY devout Chrisitan (in fact, he was instrumental in helping his friend, C.S. Lewis, come to faith), and his faith was invariably expressed in the mythology he invented. The primary difference between the works of Tolkien and Lewis is that Tolkien was attempting to create a new mythology which still remained consistent with his Christian faith, while Lewis was attemting to retell the story of Christianity (note that Lewis himself said that his work was NOT allegory, but a retelling). And, Super Person, while I certainly understand that Christianity may appear spiteful, please keep in mind that the fundamentalists of any religion tend to get the most media attention, due to the extremity of their actions. Due to this, there is a common misconception that fundamentalist "Christians" have the same basic commitments as other Christians, but are more true to their convictions. In reality, many of us in the Christian community think that Jesus would be absolutely horrified by much of what the fundamentalists have done with His name.

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Keith David? Fuck that!

    by Maestro_Sartori

    David Keith! With Billy Dee WIlliams as Mr. Tumnus! "Epoch: Scrotum"!

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Takin' the high road to reach Coffee Enema.

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Coffee, settle down. No need to get all worked up. I confess to having a particular ignorance to the fantastic ouvre of Mr. Brian Cox. I never realized the same guy who played Stryker in my favorite comic book movie also played uncle Argyle in one of my other favorite movies. And his role in Bourne Identity wasn't quite the standout role as was, say, Chris Cooper's. (And I still have yet to see the sequel.) Rob Roy I forgot as soon as possible, Manhunter I passed on, and Troy had too many cast members with gold-star SAG cards to keep track of. All in all... a fine character actor. But I apologize for not having enough free space in the movie geek chamber of my brain to remember every character actor worth his salt. Also, when an actor is so obviously adept at changing his image and dialect from one role to another, it makes a visual recall just a wee bit tougher. So again I apologize. Hopefully my status as an "ignorant child learning about film" will soon find me graduated. Obviously, though, you are the superior intellect. (And what's wrong with my user name? I always thought yours was clever.)

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:27 p.m. CST

    I was kinda rooting for Lance Henrikson..

    by MaulRat

    But.. I never even thought of Brian (Stryker.. William, What'rya sellin' Mac? Hot Dogs?... and Mr. CREEPY voiceover guy from the game Manhunt) Cox... what a great idea you guys... maybe you wont FUCK THIS UP AFTER ALL... Please don't fuck this up.. that's all I'm sayin' *BAMF*

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Now if they'd only cast Gary Coleman as Mr Tumnus..

    by MaulRat

    "What'you talkin' bout daughter of eve?"..

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Otto Parts & Young1

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Otto: Please see my cretinous post to Coffee Enema regarding Brian Cox's filmography. I am so horribly sorry to have offended you. Young1: Wow, I feel honored that my simple ramblings have propelled you to the church. ("The power of sarcasm compels you! The power of sarcasm compels you!!") Joking aside, I'm not anti-Christian, honestly. Hell, I'm a Lutheran, not an atheist. All's I'm saying is that Christianity's association with films and entertainment has historically proven less than stellar. I mean, if I had to choose between watching 7th Heaven or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer... well, let's just say I wouldn't "have" to choose. You know what I mean?

  • Dec. 10, 2004, 9:39 p.m. CST

    massive discrimination

    by Maestro_Sartori

    It's quite obvious who should do the voice of Aslan, BROTHER.

  • Dec. 11, 2004, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Magic in LOTR

    by krylite

    good point about Tolkien creating a mythology consistent with his Christian faith. A major point about "magic" and magical powers in LOTR most moviegoers who are not familiar with Tolkien's entire Middle-Earth works is that the magic in Middle-Earth is really part of the holy powers of the higher spirits(angels) and their use of it in shaping the Earth. The elves leaving Middle-Earth is part of the overall new policy of non-interference from the lesser holy powers(good or evil) to start of the new free-willed age of mortal man. The entire point of magic powers was in shaping and creating Middle-Earth. Even the elves' purpose was to guide mankind initially. Gandalf and the other 4 wizards were sent to "clean up" Sauron's interference when the 2nd age last alliance battle failed due to the One Ring surviving. Some interpretations speculate the Hobbits were made as a species to destroy the Ring as well.

  • Dec. 12, 2004, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee's voice

    by Melian

    Brian Cox ... great. Would have loved to hear Christopher Lee's voice, though. I know he's usually a villain, but he has the most beautiful voice, full of gravitas. he was marvellous in 'The Last Unicorn'.

  • Dec. 12, 2004, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Yep. Everything is really the Jesus story. Really!

    by Holly_Wight

    If you look hard enough, you can make ANY story have ANY meaning. For example, the Jesus story is really the retelling of about two dozen older religious origin tales (but don't tell the Christians that. They think their religion is original!) I really wish Christians would stop trying to prove that their religion is echoed in every piece of literature and film. It isn't. George Carlin and I agree: Religion is the most evil thing to touch mankind in the history of this world. I like Narnia, but I don't go into it all doe-eyed with Christian duplicity and neediness, either. It's a story ripped off from another story that was ripped off from many stories before that. Get over it. Jesus wasn't the first virgin birth, he wasn't the first demigod, he wasn't the first resurrected demigod, and he wasn't the first savior. Your religion is not original- It's like a bad Tim Burton remake of other religions that came before it.

  • Dec. 12, 2004, 9:35 p.m. CST

    The 'Progressive" base of AICN

    by Immortal_Fish

    I'd claim that you disappoint me, but the fact remains that you never fail to disappoint. Keep pointing at the electoral map (by county, hopefully, not just by state) and continue to complain about how superior your agnostic beliefs are. And, yes, they are still 'beliefs' even if you don't believe in anything. The simple fact remains -- those of faith have something to live for. Meanwhile, those without faith have groceries to shop for. It's as simple as that. Personally, I couldn't imagine life without a purpose.

  • Dec. 12, 2004, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Immortal Fish: That Electoral Map, beliefs and such.

    by LlGHTST0RMER

    Wow; condescending much? First of all, you neglect the notion that not all Red-staters are red nor Blue-staters all blue. Just like Barrack Obama said, "We worship an awesome God in the blue states." Just because the news media decided the USA-Today "pretty colors" method best represents how the national electorate voted for President doesn't mean Texas has no liberals and California has no conservatives. And the same goes for counties as well, so don't think I overlooked that part of your message. But there's also another simple fact that gazing at the Red/Blue map won't show you: The majority of Red States are much less populated than most Blue States. So when you actually do the math and count the people, those of us who lean to the left aren't quite as outnumbered as you think we are. Hell, if you added the combined Electoral votes from North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, you still don't have as many as California by itself. Even adding up all the land in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona -- the 1st, 4th and 5th largest states, respectively, in the continental US -- you still don't have as many Electoral votes cast as from the sum of New York and Pennsylvania, the country's 30th and 32nd largest states. So trying to cast this superiority in numbers by pointing to the EC map from the last election is, to be fair, somewhat disingenuous. Unless you're saying that the land itself has a Conservative point of view... you think the hills and valleys of South Carolina thought W was the better candidate? And by the way... not to dump on anyone's faith, but I see it more appropriate to claim (going by your logic) that those of faith actually have less to live for and more to die for. Isn't the Kingdom of heaven supposed to be our ultimate reward? Myself, I think God gave us all life so that we could all do something with it and make things better in the world while while we have the chance, not to just wait our time out and see what happens afterwards. When you say "Personally, I couldn't imagine life without a purpose," I totally agree... just in a different way. (And again I stress, I'm NOT trying to slight your beliefs. I'm just expressing mine as fairly as you did yours.)

  • Dec. 13, 2004, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Haha, read the JoBlo article for this.

    by kiddae

    http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=6033 Not that that site doesn't have its fair share of annoying bullshit commentary, I had to laugh at there take versus "Here's some quotes.... for you!!! Remember... who... SAID THIS???!!!!!!".

  • Dec. 13, 2004, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Err... that's "BUT I had to laugh"...

    by kiddae

    and "THEIR take..." ME RITE GUD LIEK HARRY HURRRRRR

  • Dec. 13, 2004, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Immortal Fish

    by Super Person

    I think you're also making a mistake with your statement that Christians have something to live for whereas agnostics (of which I am one) do not... as if God was the only purpose in life... no, some of us believe that you make your own fate; you create your own purpose... that's the difference in my eyes: you got your purpose from a god you believe in, I create my own purpose...

  • Dec. 13, 2004, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I love it when...

    by Damer1

    uninformed nitwits like Holly_Wight start talking smack. You make yourself look foolish. Even on this website.

  • Dec. 13, 2004, 4:42 p.m. CST

    it's spelled 'Lecter'

    by matrix69

    Not 'Lector'. OK?

  • Dec. 16, 2004, 9:22 p.m. CST

    something to live for

    by ErrantNight

    wow... how scary must existentialism be to all you god-fearing idiots? i prefer to think of my own atheism as spending my time worrying about my life... as opposed to worrying about what would happen if i had a soul and there were a heaven and hell in which that soul were going to spend eternity. but, y'know, that's probably just because i'm stuck in line at this grocery store.

  • Dec. 17, 2004, 7:17 p.m. CST

    LlGHTST0RMER, "Wow; condescending much?"

    by Immortal_Fish

    Yeah, quite unusual for a TB'er, huh? I take it that you've never been any different. "First of all, you neglect the notion that not all Red-staters are red nor Blue-staters all blue." -- "And the same goes for counties as well, so don't think I overlooked that part of your message." So do you want to take it to the municipal level then? Look, this is the epitome of spin. You're trying to have it both ways. Won't work with me. "The majority of Red States are much less populated than most Blue States. So when you actually do the math and count the people, those of us who lean to the left aren't quite as outnumbered as you think we are." Numbers are still numbers. In my math, 2+2=4. How exactly are you tabulating your figures? More importantly, can I join your bank? "So trying to cast this superiority in numbers by pointing to the EC map from the last election is, to be fair, somewhat disingenuous." An education in the electoral college from a liberal. I love it. Where were you in 2000? "I see it more appropriate to claim (going by your logic) that those of faith actually have less to live for and more to die for." No, you are certainly NOT going by my logic. And your elitist second guessing ensures your party will lose more elections. When I state that those of faith have more to live for, I mean that they ensure a later reward by living a good life in the here and now. Whereas those of little or no faith have nothing to live for other than the here and now. "Isn't the Kingdom of heaven supposed to be our ultimate reward?" Your logic smacks of ignorance. You focus on the end-reward and not the journey. "Myself, I think God gave us all life so that we could all do something with it and make things better in the world while while we have the chance, not to just wait our time out and see what happens afterwards." But, we're not waiting! We're not biding our time! Think of it as a stock investment (if you really must). "When you say "Personally, I couldn't imagine life without a purpose," I totally agree... just in a different way. (And again I stress, I'm NOT trying to slight your beliefs. I'm just expressing mine as fairly as you did yours.)" If you're only reason for being on this rock is to fertilize the soil, then there is little point in the grand scope. I could prattle on, but less is more. Besides, this is an old TB. Thanks for your congeniality.