After almost a decade since The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released, the Narnia franchise is getting a new chance to shine on the big screen. In early 2016, the Mark Gordon Company, TriStar Pictures, Entertainment One and the C.S. Lewis Company announced that they were teaming up to bring the beloved book series back to the screen with The Silver Chair.
The producers remained quiet for almost a year until this past April, when it was revealed that #JoeJohnston (director of Captain America: The First Avenger and designer of Boba Fett) had signed on to direct. The film went quiet once again after that, and has remained that way for the past few months.
Thankfully, things are seemingly picking back up, because, if a new rumor is to be believed, the studios behind The Silver Chair reached out to a huge child star to headline this new venture into the perilous and exciting Narnia universe...
Millie Bobby Brown Has Reportedly Been Approached To Star In 'The Silver Chair'
#MillieBobbyBrown became a superstar after starring in Netflix's hit sci-fi/horror series, Stranger Things. Now, that popularity has apparently caught the eye of the studios behind The Silver Chair because, according to The Hashtag Show, she was approached earlier this year to star in the film as Jill Pole. In case you're a little rusty in your C.S. Lewis mythology, Pole was one of the protagonists in The Silver Chair novel.
In the story, Eustace Scrubb (whom we met in 2010s' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) comes across Jill, a fellow classmate, who's crying after being subjected to bullying. To console her, Scrubb starts to tell her about his crazy adventures in Narnia. Jill doesn't believe him at first, but as fate would have it, the two of them are transported to the magical realm, and are tasked by Aslan with finding Prince Rillian, King Caspian's son.
As with any rumor, it's important to take this with a grain of salt. With that said, The Hashtag show has proven to be a reliable source of information for upcoming blockbusters. On top of that, as mentioned, Brown is a very popular actress right now, so it would make sense for the C.S. Lewis Company and TriStar to put a recognizable face leading this new attempt at the Narnia franchise.
There's A Catch To This, Though
Before getting too excited about watching #Eleven save a fantastical land where animals speak, THS cautions that Brown's response to the proposal is a mystery at the moment. Given that the offer was reportedly sent a few months ago, it's possible the #StrangerThings star decided to pass on the project.
Now, this may be the diehard fan in me speaking, but there may be hope for the actress to star in the movie. Assuming THS's report is accurate, given how The Silver Chair has had a remarkably slow development process, Brown could still be in negotiations with the studios. Still, with so little information about the project at our disposal, it's best to not speculate too much about it.
I'm crossing my fingers for the actress to not have passed on the role. As someone who thoroughly enjoyed The Silver Chair and grew attached to its main duo of characters, I would be beyond excited to see Brown playing Jill. Going by her performance as Eleven, I have no doubt that Brown would have an easy time conveying the girl's vulnerability, braveness and strong sense of responsibility.
What do you think about Millie Bobby Brown possibly being offered a role for The Silver Chair? Would you like to see her in the universe? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: The Hashtag Show]