Searching for the right-voiced Aslan

Jeff Overstreet has seen the trailer for the upcoming Narnia movie, and he reports this bit of unexpected news:

The big breaking news concerning this though is that Bryan Cox is NOT going to be the voice of Aslan. Got this straight from the head of Disney voice casting. Cox *was* cast, but then he came in to do the lines and, because he had recently lost 40 pounds, his girth was significantly reduced, and that has affected his famously brusque and burly tone. His pre-weight-loss voice was an ideal voice for Aslan; his post-diet voice is not.

And so Cox, who is often cast as the villain — in Troy (my review), in X-Men 2, in the Bourne movies (my review), etc.; he even played the original Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter — will no longer have this opportunity to shine in the ultimate good-guy role.

On the plus side, maybe he won’t be typecast as “the heavy” any more. (Wokka wokka wokka…)

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • queen_spoo

    When the constant push is about losing weight–kudos to Brian for actually losing 40 pounds–it is unfortunate that he is essentially penalized from keeping a great role because of it. :( I hope that Brian keeps the weight off regardless of the role snub, and that they do find someone suitable for Aslan’s voice in the meantime.