Saw the first full-length trailer for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Biola’s Media Conference. Twice. That’s how much the crowd loved it.
Can’t say more at this point, except that all of the main characters get their close-ups, and it’s all colorful, vivid, and kaleidoscopic. New Zealand is, surprise, awe-inspiring.
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.
So they’re hunting for a new Aslan voice again. They talked about some strong possibilities, but Andrew Adamson hasn’t approved anyone yet.
The thing these guys stressed the most–“We are faithful to the book.” They said that about a dozen times. “If you like the book, you’ll love the movie.”