USA Today has written a feature about the recent DVD release of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, in which the stars of the movie that reveal that the actors have not been contacted about reprising their role for the upcoming sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian:
"I found out the sequel (Prince Caspian) was happening through a teacher," says Skandar Keynes, 14, who portrays Edmund, one of the four Pevensie siblings in the film, which is new on DVD this week. He jokes, "She had the inside knowledge."
Adds Georgie Henley, 10, who plays Lucy: "My teacher did the same thing to me because she saw it in the newspaper that I said yes (I was going to be in the sequel). I haven't said no, but I haven't said yes."
As for their status on appearing in the second Narnia film, "to be honest, it's really a verbal contract," says William Moseley, 18, who plays Peter. "We have been told the sequel is happening, but we have no idea when, we don't know where and we have no idea how. We just have to sort of sit back and let the big guys work it out."
Narnia producer Mark Johnson says Wardrobe director Andrew Adamson and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are working on a Prince Caspian screenplay, and he expects all four young stars to return. The film is scheduled for release in Christmas 2007.
In the meantime, the stars say they hope people will get an idea how much fun it was to work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe through the DVD. Disney is releasing a $30 single-disc version and a $35 collector's edition, with a bonus disc of extra features.
"I really hoped that, when people saw it, they got to see how much fun we had doing it," says Anna Popplewell (Susan). "If that didn't come across in the film, it will come across on the DVD because in the bonus material, there's a lot of insights into the making of the movie."
The four young actors say they got along. "If we hadn't, it would have been a nightmare," Popplewell says.