Next Narnia Movie To Be Shot in Qld
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be the official title of the third Narnia movie has begun production in Queensland.
This time around - Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb - find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world. Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan's Country - a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader - can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.
Michael Apted will direct the new Narnia venture.Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes return as Lucy and Edmund. Ben Barnes reprises the role of Caspian. Cousin Eustace will be played by UK native Will Poulter (“Son of Rambow”).
The supporting cast will be packed full of Aussies, including Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel. Kiwi native Shane Rangi, returns as the Minotaur. Liam Neeson will revoice Aslan the Lion.
"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the third (appearing in 1952) of Lewis' seven-book "Chronicles of Narnia" series. Published between 1950-56 and long regarded as one of literature's most enduring and imaginative classics, Lewis' books have sold over 100,000,000 copies in over 50 different languages, making it the second biggest book series the world over. In addition to the third novel, the Oxford scholar wrote six additional books, including "Prince Caspian” (1951), "The Silver Chair" (1953) "The Horse and His Boy" (1954) "The Magician's Nephew" (1955), "The Last Battle" (1956) and the story that launched the series in 1950, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
Production on “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” will take place entirely in Queensland, Australia, primarily at the Warner Roadshow Studio facility in Gold Coast, which houses the Southern Hemisphere’s largest water tank facility, quite handy with a lot of advetnture on the high seas.
Filming finishes in November. Post production will be epic - the film is scheduled for release in December 2010.