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Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Monty Jose » Oct 11, 2018 12:04 am

While I'm excited about Netflix developing a new and complete adaptation to the Narnia world, the one thing I know that will be a challenge is winning me over with a new cast for the Pevensies, especially Lucy and Edmund.

I'm curious to see what everyone else's thoughts are on this. Did you like the Walden cast? How would you like to see them portrayed differently? What challenges do you think are ahead for Netflix by recasting these kids, if any?
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Anfinwen » Oct 11, 2018 6:54 am

Oh, this is going to be a fun thread! If my memory serves me right Susan was supposed to have dark hair, while Lucy was more blond. I don't think Lewis mentions the boys' hair color. Problem is, I really liked the brunette Lucy. Since we can't have Georgie Henley shrink and play Lucy again, ;)) I'd like to have her at least kept a brunette (Pauline Baynes didn't help by drawing Lucy as dark-haired). Also, I would like Polly to be blond, and I think the leads should be unique in appearance. However, I would be interested in a blond Susan. Thanks again Pauline! Seriously, though, I can only come up with one illustration where she is pictured blond, but that image has stuck. There was also a picture book with a blond Susan and I quite like it. Unfortunately, it's so hard to speculate on actual actors due to uncertainty and the fact that they grow up so fast! However, I can't wait to see all the suggestions!
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Monty Jose » Oct 11, 2018 10:26 am

That’s interesting you brought up physical appearance. I wasn’t even thinking about that too much but it makes total sense! Despite Lewis’s description, I’ve always seen Lucy as brunette. And there’s no topping Georgie’s performance; it’s hard enough to find good child actors in general and I wonder if this batch of filmmakers is willing to go through as rigorous a casting process as Adamson did.

I was just thinking yesterday about Susan, though, while listening to The Lamppost Listener. The Walden film portrays her as very practical, which is accurate to the books, but I realized (since I haven’t read LWW in years), she’s more... sassy, I suppose? The book depicts her as more motherly and, wouldn’t you know it, gentle! Haha I’d like to them stick to those qualities better this time. I think that could make for some character development/depiction that’s a bit more unique for a character her age, especially nowadays.
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Col Klink » Oct 11, 2018 11:06 am

I'd like it if the characters had similar hair color to what they had in the books because Lewis gives so few physical details about the main characters that when he does, I feel like they should include those details. But I'm definitely not saying they should cast based on appearances over ability.

The Walden film portrays (Susan) as very practical, which is accurate to the books, but I realized (since I haven’t read LWW in years), she’s more... sassy, I suppose? The book depicts her as more motherly and, wouldn’t you know it, gentle! Haha I’d like to them stick to those qualities better this time.


I liked Susan being sarcastic in the Walden Media movies because I think Anna Popplewell has (or had anyway) the best comedic timing of the Pevensie actors. (Of the leads, only Will Poulter had as good or better.) It really made her scenes fun to watch. But of course Anna Popplewell will not being playing Susan in any new adaptation so I'm not saying they should try to make the character particularly smart alecky.
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Monty Jose » Oct 11, 2018 11:32 am

Col Klink wrote:I liked Susan being sarcastic in the Walden Media movies because I think Anna Popplewell has (or had anyway) the best comedic timing of the Pevensie actors. (Of the leads, only Will Poulter had as good or better.) It really made her scenes fun to watch. But of course Anna Popplewell will not being playing Susan in any new adaptation so I'm not saying they should try to make the character particularly smart alecky.


I’m right there with you. I loved Anna’s portrayal of Susan. But I also believe moving forward, there needs to be a change. And this is true to all the characters, each to varying (and yet faithful) degrees. If not for the sake of faithful adaptation, then for the sake of separating Netflix’s world from Walden’s. Having the two too similar is dangerous, running the risk of being a dull rehash.

By the way, I love all the casting in Walden’s LWW. There isn’t a single character depiction I’m unsatisfied with in that particular film. At least, none I can think of haha
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Anfinwen » Oct 12, 2018 3:12 am

Monty Jose wrote:That’s interesting you brought up physical appearance. I wasn’t even thinking about that too much but it makes total sense!

Monty Jose wrote:By the way, I love all the casting in Walden’s LWW. There isn’t a single character depiction I’m unsatisfied with in that particular film. At least, none I can think of haha

I guess that's why I went to appearance, because I couldn't really pick at anything else. Peter's protective older brother attitude, Susan trying to mother them all, Ed struggling, and Lucy was just perfect.

Monty Jose wrote:she’s more... sassy, I suppose? The book depicts her as more motherly and, wouldn’t you know it, gentle! Haha I’d like to them stick to those qualities better this time.

I definitely agree on that. She was almost obnoxious at times, and then mellowed out when they met Aslan. That's her arc in the book PC more than LWW. So I'd like to see a more child-like, trusting Susan in LWW, then have the attitude crop up and be overcome in PC.

I'm ok with probably having teen actors. Netflix is a very teen oriented platform, and I don't really mind having some of the actors be older as long as Lucy and Ed are younger.
I think their ages are supposed to be 13, 12, 10, and 8, but I would be ok if they were as old as 16, 15, 13, and 10. I guess that's pretty close to the actors ages in the Walden movie.
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Monty Jose » Oct 16, 2018 11:08 am

I'm also okay tweaking their ages like in Walden, but no older than they did in Walden! Haha. Being one of five kids with 15 years between the oldest and the youngest, it feels more natural to me when the ages are spread out a bit more instead of clumped so closely. Not saying that's bad or it doesn't happen, but I think for Peter and Susan's benefit it could be spread out more. It might make the maturity they have to show a bit more believable. On the flipside, you can also say their experiences are forcing them to grow up faster than in a time of peace where they don't feel obligated to take up the role of father and mother to their younger siblings. So it depends on how you play it.

Okay, so how about Lucy? I love, love, love Georgie Henley's performance. I like how she added some teasing, slightly mischievous, playful personality to her character and it worked! (The only time I can think of in the books where that's present is in PC and she uses the line towards Edmund "That's because our heads have something in them.") Lucy's depiction in the book is much different, at least in my mind. Or maybe I should say her character/personality isn't as rounded out. Is that something they should change again?
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby coracle » Oct 16, 2018 2:14 pm

I have seen some 20th century kids' classics ruined by casting mid teenagers in roles written as pre-teens. It makes a mockery of some of the comments and actions of the younger children when a 17 or 18 year old is playing the character.

I'm currently working on some filming with a very natural young actor, aged 8, the same age that Georgie was when cast. I think it would be wise of Netflix to plot out their child characters' ageing carefully.
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Re: Netflix means new Pevensies

Postby Monty Jose » Oct 19, 2018 2:06 pm

coracle wrote:I'm currently working on some filming with a very natural young actor, aged 8, the same age that Georgie was when cast. I think it would be wise of Netflix to plot out their child characters' ageing carefully.

I agree. I'm mostly speaking in terms of Peter and Susan. 16 is my cap for Peter. (As for the children in the other books [Digory/Polly, Shasta/Aravis, Eustace/Jill], I would want them around Edmund's age tops.)
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