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'A lot to look forward to' in next Narnia instalment

The third big-screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic <em>The Chronicles of Narnia</em> will hit theatres soon, and no one could be more excited than the franchise’s star, Georgie Henley.

The third big-screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Chronicles of Narnia will hit theatres soon, and no one could be more excited than the franchise’s star, Georgie Henley.

“I love The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” said the 15-year old actress (who plays Lucy Pevensie) of her favorite book in the Narnia series. “I love the idea of hopping from one island to another and kind of experiencing new things. I think it’s exciting, very dynamic - it makes a really good film.”

Lucy Pevensie has come a long way since she discovered the fantastical world of Narnia in 2005’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Cast at age seven, Henley now plays a more complex teenager that returns to Narnia on a desperate mission aboard King Caspian’s regal schooner, the Dawn Treader.

“(Voyage) shows that Lucy is absolutely human which is probably good,” said Henley. “When you become a teenager, people see a different side to your nature and see maybe a slightly darker side to you, a side you don’t want people looking at – I think we see that in Lucy slightly. It was my job to make sure plenty of teenage girls could relate to the issues that she’s going through.”

Admittedly nervous about returning to the world of Narnia for a third time, Henley was soon relieved and comforted to be around the familiarity of the cast and crew – not to mention the incredibly imaginative creatures that make up C.S. Lewis’ masterwork.

“The animation on Reepicheep (a swashbuckling mouse voiced by Simon Pegg) in this film is just terrific,” said Henley when asked of her favourite character. “He’s so cute and funny but still got that bravery kind of element about him - people have got a lot to look forward to.”

 
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