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Who Has Been Crowned PRINCE CASPIAN?

Published at: Feb. 4, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here - seems that Walden Media and Disney are continuing to mine the British Isles for talent in their NARNIA series. Well, at least in terms of who is playing Prince Caspian. Read below...

Hi Harry & Roberto, There was a story in "The Times" on Saturday that Disney has finally found their Prince Caspian - the lead and title star of the next "Chronicles of Narnia" movie. It's a 25-year old British actor called Ben Barnes. Ben has a small part in Matthew Vaughn's "Stardust" (of which much discussion on AICN already...) and is apparently amazing as the lead in a new indie UK movie "Bigga than Ben". Ben's casting has caused real controversy, though, because it means he's had to leave the West End run of the National Theatre's production of "The History Boys", in which he was playing Dakin. Ben's performance was amazing (I know, I saw it) and had he had been singled out for praise by loads of critics. Ben's real star in the making - great looking and hugely talented. Sadly the National Theatre are talking about sueing the actor rather than wishing him luck.... so British! Beth P

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  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Fingers crossed for some angry atheist complaints!

    by CreasyBear

    Or at the very least, some hopes that The Golden Compass will put Narnia in its red-state place.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Mister Inbetween

    I'm looking forward to the scene with the Werewolf and the Witch. I hope they do it justice.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Alphon

    Sexy first

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    BIG FAT HAIRY DEAL.

    by wackybantha

    ...says Garfield.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Counting down for Boozi's review of this.

    by instant_karma

    I can hardly wait! <p> Let's just hope the director isn't some no talent hack who makes everyone's teeth too white.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Ha! My last post jumped to first.

    by instant_karma

    Flux capacitor...fluxing.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with the top left animated gif

    by Alonzo Mosely

    It said it is going nowhere, and you can all go fuck yourselves...

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    It's the Chronic-WHAT?-cles of Narnia

    by Cheif Brody

    I wish they'd make a sequel to that video before they make a sequel to this LOTR wanna be. Yawn.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    THE NARNIA LION GOTTA EAT!

    by hadez

    Somebody had to do it

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Hmmm, Red State? I think CS Lewis would

    by modlight

    have some qualms about that comment.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    whatever.. he's just another brit

    by hatespeech

    wah

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    They're doing another one?

    by OBSD

    Great. Two hours of "Medium shot, close up. Medium Shot, close up. Medium shot, close up. Wide cgi shot... medium shot, close up." Don't give us a sense of scope, don't make me believe this film takes place on another world, just keep harping on that claustrophobic medium shot so I can't even begin to believe that they're ever going to escape that snowy soundstage. Nothing takes me out of a movie more than the director's inability to transport the audience out of a soundstage and into a fully realized world. Jeez, Disney, spend an extra couple of million dollars and shoot this shit outside during the winter scenes. You don't have to use real snow, but c'mon!

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, to be Prince Caspian afloat upon the waves

    by Nodwick

    And the children in the fields all sowing seed and chaffing wheat</p> Oh, to be Prince Caspian with stumps instead of feet

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I give up, where does GOTTA EAT come from

    by Vindibudd

    please enlighten or link it for me.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Gotta Eat is old and busted

    by CTU Mole

    "I just got off the phone/blackberry/iPhone/subspace radio" is the new hotness. But it came from the last line in 'Codename:The Cleaner'. See, stupid.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Your mother is Prince Caspian!

    by DerLanghaarige

    (Trying to establish a new AICN catchphrase...)

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Out of Date Animated GIF GOTTA EAT!!!

    by thelivingdoll

    I predict Harry's going to be sliding down that pole well into 2008.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    YOUR MOTHER GOTTA EAT A SHIT MASK!!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Prince Caspian has a beer and CHEETS ON HIS WIFE!

    by ZeroCorpse

    You know you love the classics.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Hero cast. Now to cast the baddie.

    by LittleDudes

    Hulk Hogan would be a good choice. I hear he's available too.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    original order

    by LegoKenobi

    well, hooray, then -- this means that they are going to make the movies in the original order they were published in, instead of the ridiculous chronological order they are now organized by. thanks, disney, for giving the viewers some credit and letting the jumps around in time stay!

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    CTU Mole

    by The Funketeer

    Got off the phone with comes from Harry's Oscar noms post where he had to let us know he was on the phone with Del Toro as the noms were being announced.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The "Gotta East" guy and "Little Miss Sunshine" guy

    by heywoodfloyd2001

    should be put to death. Not funny at all. The fact that these same idiots keep posting it over and over again is fucking lame. I hardly ever post here but it is so sad to see the same idiot typing "this years Little Miss Sunshine" over and over again, and now this idiot who keeps writing "Gotta Eat." Why don't you two losers go and lose your viriginity, huh?

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Hey heywoodfloyd2001

    by LittleDudes

    You sound like you gotta eat.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST

    He should have stayed on The History Boys

    by IndustryKiller!

    If that's what he was contracted to do. If he asked and they let him out fine, but he's not the only person in that play and when you do a show there are lots of people who count on you to do your job so they can do theirs. It's just very unprofessional to just walk out like that for the allure of Hollywood. Then again I'm not passing judgement because I don't know the nature of the situation. It's not like these massive Hollywood epics are going to do so much for his career, at least if he wants to make decent films. He might get the part playing Denzel Washingtons partner in whatever awful film Tony Scott does next but Scorcese isn't going to be looking for his next lead in the new Narnia film. The original was terrible (Im speaking purely from a film standpoint as Ive never read the books.) and these huge franchises tend to be much bigger than any actor in them. If he was really excellent in the play and getting buzz he should have just stuck with it and done good independent films and taken things from there.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 8:26 p.m. CST

    They need to invent a LOT for this one

    by performingmonkey

    A few weeks ago I was reading Temeraire and thinking Peter Jackson will have to come up with some seriously inventive shit to actually make an interesting movie out of it. The same applies here with Prince Caspian. It's the most boring and story-lite of the books and around a quarter of it (or maybe more, I can't remember) is a long flashback of Caspian (who's supposed to be more like 14 than 25 which is what this guy is!) learning from this old wizard guy how he should be the true king of Narnia and not his generic evil uncle. He escapes to find old Narnian animals as seen in the first book and they 'summon' the four kids back to Narnia (which in the end is pretty pointless because they do nothing, just see their old castle all broken down and witness Caspian becoming King). There's literally nothing more to it. They'll have to create extra material to stop it from sucking. They won't have as many problems adapting the next two books - The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair. Both of those used to be my favourite books when I was about 10. Then they should do The Horse And His Boy before combining the last two books, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle into one big movie which shows the birth and death of Narnia.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    THE GOLDEN COMPASS won't do shit

    by godoffireinhell

    since they removed the Church from the movie version and replaced it with "The Magisterium" some kinda fascist thing without the religion.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Ben Barnes is the sexiest tomboy beanpole

    by CerebralAssassin

    on the planet. Well he is!

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Opera has a handy block content button.

    by bioforge

    Handy for disabling fat men sliding on poles as well as obnoxius ads though in case of good websites i am willing to make an exception.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST

    TOTAL FUCKING BORING!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Who cares about this kiddie crap??? <p> Narnia Chronicles 1 = Eragon 1

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Peter Jackson...

    by oh_riginal

    ... and he lost all ability to speak Elvish and began babbling in a mixture of klingon, huttese, and spanish, and according to the interpreter, he was yelling about how much Prince Caspian will be the next Eragon.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 4:26 a.m. CST

    You still around, CreasyBear?

    by raw_bean

    I'd love to disappoint you by pointing out that I'm an atheist who despised His Dark Materials and has some fond memories from childhood of Narnia, and am looking forward to Caspian far more than the Golden Compass.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    A Brit responds

    by MrTrilby

    Hang on a minute - isn't suing everyone at the drop of a hat a stereotypically *American* trait? How is it "so British?"

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    heywoodfloyd2001

    by Err

    should be put to death. Not funny at all. The fact that this idiot complained is fucking lame. I post here but it is so sad to see this idiot complain and whine. I mean, if he wants someone to listen to him bitch and moan, maybe he should find his mommy or maybe a shrink. Why don't you go to the mall, head into the Hot Topic store and find an emo girlfriend/boyfriend for yourself so that you two can write poems about your problems on this board and then cut yourself?

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Red States, eh?

    by BizarroJerry

    Y'know, everyone who is explicitly or even vaguely Christian is not a Republican. I don't mean this in a political-debatey way. It's just kind of a weird assumption to make.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Bilbofett

    by Anna Valerious

    Henson productions is saying that "Power of the Dark Crystal" is going to be released in 2008 at this point. And the fact they've decided to postpone the "Legends of the Dark Crystal" manga release from Spring to November proves it. Oh, and I'm starting to become fond of this Ben fellow...and the fact he's playing the young Nathaniel Parker makes me even more hot...

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Needs more gore and more Anna!!!

    by Thomas Cromwell

    This film might suffer without Tilda in it so they should sack adamson and get Tarantino to direct and write the script and get a better composer as Gregson Williams was shite. Aslan's should be pure Irish, Sean Pertwee should play Miraz, the guy from Stormbreaker should play Caspian and the fucking gorgeous Anna Popplewell should get her kit off.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Ah, the chronicles of racism!

    by bigpth

    I read through all of the chronicles when I was a teen, and they are good up until the "The Last Battle" where the "darkies" and their "monster" god come and end the world.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    CS Lewis' Kids Gotta Eat

    by The_Jack_Sack

    That is all...

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    narina=LOTR wannabe

    by hif4life

    you know the sole purpose of these narnia movies is to cashing on the success of lord of the rings and the harry potter movies. i saw narnia and i was so bored by it, it was clearly done without any real imaginaiton or emotion, it was just a by the book rip off of the other movies.. boring

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Google Maps is the best...

    by nemesisdarkside

    True Dat, Double True!!<P>P.S. Anna Popplewell...hmmmm. Don't know what to say.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    GOTTA EAT vs BROTHER!!!

    by Jaffa8

    These GOTTA EAT jokes are as bad if not worse than the old Hulk Hogan.....BROTHER jokes..... you people are so gay...

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Snack Attack Motherfrakker

    by nemesisdarkside

    Anna Popplewell has great lips and a nice pair of...elbows! ;P

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Anna Popplewell is...

    by Thomas Cromwell

    an English Rose, a wonderful actress and a brunette to boot. Brunettes do tend to be the hottest ie. Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Shirley Henderson etc.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Get Uwe Boll on this pronto!

    by Spandau Belly

    He could really juice up this franchise by casting some C-list washups and TV stars and circumventing the screenwriting process in favor of more drunken improvised scenes and include some footage of video games being played, maybe this time it could be 'Age of Mythology'.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Red State? You don't mean THAT Ben Barnes?

    by Onomaki Forp

    The former Lt. Govenor of Texas? I mean his accent is all wrong, plus he's kinda old for the part...68 is a bit...What? A younger Barnes? Junior Barnes if you will? Didn't he hit Cosby in the face with a slushball? "Junior Barnes?....Junior Barnes?...You gunky!!!"

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Ben Barnes is MINT!

    by finky089

    wait, who's Ben Barnes?

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Boozi says "Ben Barnes is BORING BORING BORING!"

    by finky089

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Ben Barnes and MyCadillacStory.com

    by finky089

    BARNES<p>Yeah, Narnia helped me buy my first Caddy so that I could be in a banner ad on Ain't It Cool.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Ben barnes is also the name of

    by emeraldboy

    former director of the abbey theater in Dublin ireland.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    What was refreshing about narnia was

    by emeraldboy

    that the filmmakers gathered together a cast of youngsters with previous acting experience except lucy whose first film was Lion the witch and the wardrobe. I hate that there was no blood in the film and it made the film weak there was a scene where Tilda swinton is about to kill aslan and they edited it such away that you dont see aslan being impaled. It literally cuts away to susan and lucy sobbing at the death of thier friend. Tilda swinton was great in that film. But the kids were proper actors too so that helped.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    Boozi verus MiraJeff

    by Spandau Belly

    Who will do a worse job writing the review of this when it comes out?

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Yes, but years from now who will play Puddleglum?

    by durhay

    nm

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Prince Caspian...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...he said he wants TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION and MEL GIBSON FOR AVP 3!!!

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Boozi vs. MiraJeff

    by nemesisdarkside

    Uwe Boll can referee. TOO SOON!?!<P>Quint should have been the one to go in the 1st place.<P>I also have a thing for brunettes.I've always had a thing for brunettes, maybe it's coz girls of all ethnicities look good brunette, while the same can't be said for blonde and redheads. That's not to say I don't like blondes or redheads though. That would be a stupid reason not to date a girl! :D

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    You can call us Adam Burr...

    by nemesisdarkside

    by the way we dropping Hamiltons!<P>My last post made no sense. What I meant was I like girls of all hair colours (even purple ;D) but I find myself attracted to brunettes most of the time and not that I'd "tolerate" a girl being blonde/red. Hahahaha.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    That fucking letter H...

    by onemanarmy

    ...is still there in every bottom left corner of every page on this site. <p> Weird.

  • Feb. 5, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Alison Lohman was 24..

    by nemesisdarkside

    or 23 when she convincingly played Nic Cage's 14 yr old daughter in Matchstick Men.<P>This may be BS, but I read even Ridley didn't know she was that old.<P>However, this post is irrelevant as this guy might end up looking like a "WB/CW Teenager".<P>Anna Popplewell. Anna Popplewell! Anna Popplewell!! Damn you Thomas Cromwell!!! ;P

  • Feb. 6, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi... YES!

    by oh_riginal

    I almost forgot about the campaign to get Mel Gibson for the human-less AVP3 movie! IT MUST BE DONE! Oh, and someone get on the horn and get the most awesome movie never made into production... BUSEY VS NOLTE!

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