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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby fledge1 » Apr 17, 2019 10:12 am

Monty Jose wrote:She needs to be cold, yet fiery when necessary. Hopefully that makes sense.

YES! I really like so many of the choices you have said. I think Emily Blunt would be good. I love the idea of Cate Blanchett.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby JFG II » Apr 17, 2019 1:09 pm

Emma Stone as The White Witch.

Wouldn’t that be an outrageous choice?

I’ve seen her in most films as playing a cute girl, but I’ve seen one or two films she’s in where she’s not cute. And more intimidating. And amoral. And well, sporting a perfect British accent. I think if she were interested in the role, she could play a younger White Witch than we’ve seen, like, ever. A young tyrant who kills her people rather than give up the thrown. A person who throws away what little humanity she has in order to remain young forever. And in between MN and LWW, becomes less human and more of a monster. It would be interesting to say the least if Emma Stone actually got the role.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby fledge1 » Apr 17, 2019 2:06 pm

JFG II wrote:Emma Stone as The White Witch.

Wouldn’t that be an outrageous choice?


I actually think this is a great idea. I think she would be really great!
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby mm1991 » May 03, 2019 2:31 pm

Emily Van Camp could also be a good choice. Or Emily Blunt!
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Monty Jose » May 17, 2019 2:35 pm

mm1991 wrote:Cate Blanchett would be my #1 choice but I'm not sure how realistic that would be.

If we went with someone younger, what would you all think of Elizabeth Olsen? Or Yael Grobglas?


I don't think I've seen Yael Grobglas in anything, so I can't attest to her acting, but I could see her portraying Jadis in a physical sense if she looked a little less youthful. I know she's thirty-one, but she looks too... sweet and innocent maybe? haha

I know Cate Blanchett has the ability, but my fear is her history as Galadriel. People will probably start playing the "Narnia trying to be Lord of the Rings" tune again XD

Now, Elizabeth Olsen? YES. Unfortunately, I'm afraid of scheduling conflicts :/ she does have a show for Disney Plus coming up and I assume it will monopolize a lot of her time in the near future. But I can totally see her playing the cold, heartless, yet beautiful and manipulative Jadis.

Has anyone mentioned Keira Knightley? I feel like that was brought up somewhere, but I can't remember and I don't see it on this thread XD

Edit: my dad just dropped a name and I was instantly on board. Anne Hathaway.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby mm1991 » May 24, 2019 11:52 am

@Monty Jose - Yael Grobglass is on the show Jane The Virgin, spoiler alert! ---->
Yael actually plays one of the evil characters for most of the show! It's actually quite complicated, she keeps bouncing between being evil and redeeming herself in the current seasons. In fact, she plays two characters, they are twins (the show itself is quite ridiculous but I love it!). The twin is almost always evil but ridiculous. They are so different, she is a very good actress. I would be very careful about looking up clips of the show though, as it can be a bit scandalous at times.


Ack, good catch with Cate Blanchett, I didn't even think about that. Yeah, kind of ruins it for me. Eek.

When I think of Anne Hathaway, I think of her in the Alice In Wonderland movies and it's hard to take her seriously now! :(
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby jewel » Jun 24, 2019 4:30 pm

I think Tilda Swinton be good. She was one of the best actresses in the series after all!
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Monty Jose » Jul 12, 2019 11:18 am

Now that Netflix has announced they are being more budget conscious, I’d say it’s safe to assume the casting for Jadis will be a relatively unknown actress. Probably someone who has more television history as opposed to film.

Perhaps they’ll be thinking of someone like Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse in Agents of SHIELD, Commander Kelly Grayson in The Orville). I’m not saying she’s my top choice, only that someone along the same vein is more likely as opposed to Daisy Ridley or Emily Blunt.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby mm1991 » Dec 14, 2019 2:30 pm

Emily VanCamp would be a good choice. She was excellent in the show Revenge.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Impending Doom » Jan 12, 2020 11:33 am

Vanessa Kirby... Make it happen Netflix.

Monty Jose wrote:Now that Netflix has announced they are being more budget conscious, I’d say it’s safe to assume the casting for Jadis will be a relatively unknown actress. Probably someone who has more television history as opposed to film.


I wouldn't read into that too much. Narnia will have some recognizable names attached to it, especially for its adult characters.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Cleander » Jan 14, 2020 7:27 pm

I just stumbled across this petition to cast actress Katie McGrath as Jadis in the Netflix Narnia series: https://www.change.org/p/netflix-cast-k ... czZQ%3D%3D
The petition has 106 signers so far, which is kind of interesting. The reasoning for this casting choice is as follows: "Katie McGrath has played Morgana le Fay in the wonderful series Merlin, and also played a lead role in the first season of Slasher. You can also see her in Supergirl, Dracula, Jurassic World, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. She has a natural charisma, stunning good looks, and the perfect acting chops to play the White Witch.

One only needs to watch the entirety of Merlin to see how beautifully she can play someone who slowly becomes an evil tyrant, while still remaining extremely likable to the audience. While casting may be some time away, I highly recommend the creative folks at Netflix at least consider her for this role when the time comes. I believe she would be absolutely perfect."


Is anyone here involved with this petition? What are your thoughts on Katie McGrath as Jadis?
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Glenwit » Jan 14, 2020 8:30 pm

I'm not involved with the petition, but I could actually see Katie as the White Witch.
I think she could do well with the subtle complexities as well as the intimidating and charismatic presence that Jadis had in the novels.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Col Klink » Jan 15, 2020 7:20 am

What are the subtle complexities of Jadis? She's a pretty standard evil witch/queen character. (Well, maybe one with more muscles than most but I don't see that as a complexity.)
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Glenwit » Jan 15, 2020 1:53 pm

Col Klink wrote:She's a pretty standard evil witch/queen character. (Well, maybe one with more muscles than most but I don't see that as a complexity.)


That's totally fair :)

I guess I've never quite seen her as standard evil queen...partly because of just how much power and control she has, how many options she has, and her motives go purely beyond terrorizing a bunch of woodland creatures and not letting them celebrate Christmas. Not only does she control Narnia from a political standpoint, but she's got the deep magic which gives her power over Narnia, and everyone in it, from a 'spiritual' (for lack of a better term) perspective as well - which ultimately ends because Aslan was a willing victim, and because of the Deeper Magic, was truly one step ahead all along.
I've found her to be rather unpredictable, which I think Katie would do a good job of capturing.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby Cleander » Jan 16, 2020 7:35 pm

Not really familiar with Katie McGrath's acting, actually, but I think that if she can truly bring complexity to the character, she's worth trying out.
I think Jadis is slightly more deep than the standard wicked witch in children's stories, given her background. One has to question if she started out entirely evil, considering that (at least according to her) her sister's violation of their wartime agreements drove her to mass murder. (Then again, I suppose you could argue she held back only because she still wanted the people around as slave material. But even so, it looks like she had some kind of conflicting motives going on.)
Also, her near-embarrassment at the mocking obeisance given to her by the crowds in London shows us a glimpse of an almost human side in her. To me that was a moment that I never would have seen coming.
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Re: Who should play Jadis, the White Witch?

Postby JFG II » Jan 17, 2020 11:15 am

Cleander wrote:Also, her near-embarrassment at the mocking obeisance given to her by the crowds in London shows us a glimpse of an almost human side in her. To me that was a moment that I never would have seen coming.


I agree. If Netflix adapts MN before LWW, I think it would be very powerful storytelling to go in a more obvious, humanly-evil direction with the witch, to an extent Lewis does in the book.

Jadis is more human and vulnerable in MN than in LWW, but that’s before she eats the apple. After that, she goes the way of Palpatine & Voldemort: from human-looking to all snow-white & scary-looking. ;)

(Hopefully Netflix doesn’t resurrect Jadis in the finale like Palpatine. ;) My Old Man’s not convinced that Voldemort is dead either.)
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