Ben Barnes Talks ‘Dawn Treader’

In this exclusive new interview with MSN Movies, Ben talks a little about his upcoming film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader.

With the trailer for The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader debuting this week the buzz has really started, it promises to be a big Christmas release….

Yeah, I hope it is. Personally I’m quite excited that it’s going to be 3D. It’s my favourite of the seven books, I think it’s one of the best stories and it’s got some good human characters as well – I think Eustace, who Will Poulter plays brilliantly, is a really funny character. It’s got a lot of the fun magical stuff of the first ones and I’ve got some fun action stuff which is cool. It’s going to be good I think.

We saw our first glimpse of footage this week with the trailer (you can watch it below) but we don’t see much of you in it. Have you seen it and how do you think it reflects the film?

I have seen it and I think they’ve done the right thing in trying to show the scope of it and trying to show the different things in it. Obviously I was the focus of the marketing campaign of the middle film so it’s probably not very sensible to do the same thing again.

So is there less pressure on your shoulders this time round?

Yeah, I’m off the hook a bit on this one.

You’ve got a new director in Michael Apted – what’s he bought to the movie?

Just a sort of an outside eye and a very human touch really. I think he was as anxious as any of us going in to it. When we first met and spoke he told me how anxious he was about the scale of it but I think he did a great job and I think it’s going to have an interesting flavour to it. Saying that I haven’t seen it yet.

This is the first Narnia film without Disney behind it (Twentieth Century Fox partnered up with Walden Media after Disney dropped the franchise) – did that affect production at all?

Fox were very hands on during the whole process which was completely expected and understandable. It’s nice that, in a way, to have someone who really cares about it – not that Disney didn’t, it was obviously very precious to them too – but in terms of people going to see them film, apart from the logo at the beginning I don’t think it’s going to make a huge amount of difference.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is due in cinemas on December 10th 2010.

Source: MSN Movies UK


Lily said:

All Narnian fans are going to see it anyway… hands down. But it’s the people who HAVEN’T read the books that they’re challenged to bring in. It’s a good family movie and they (I’m sure) are going to say a line here and there that will not allow audiences to be lost (those who haven’t seen the last two movies).

June 20th, 2010

Steelsheen said:

well they’re gonna have to pimp the heck out of this movie to get it back in front of public consciousness. luckily enough its back on the December slot and no real threat to any film (well except Tron, and thats a completely different flavor of film anyway). they’re gonna have to borrow a bit of Harry Potter and LOTR’s thunder where they made December= fantasy movie, and Fox has to make people think that that fantasy movie is Narnia.

June 21st, 2010

Lily said:


I agree 100%!!!!

Walden made the film and Fox is doing all the promotion. Fox needs to get their heads in the game. They aren’t exactly giving a lot of people something to be excited about. In the trailer you could tell that some of the CGI stuff was not done. I think that we might get a little more food to chew on in the next trailer.

*crosses fingers*

June 21st, 2010