The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tilda Swinton is fixing to cast her spell on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe.

"Narnia" director Andrew Adamson -- due in Cannes in a few days for the Competition showing of DreamWorks' Shrek 2, which he co-directed -- confirmed that Swinton has boarded the Walden Media/Walt Disney Co. co-production as the evil White Witch. Fellow redhead Nicole Kidman was rumored to be in discussions for the role as recently as last month, but those reports turned out to be false.

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Budgeted at more than $100 million, according to sources, the film is scheduled to begin shooting in the summer in Adamson's native New Zealand. "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe" is the first installment of Walden's planned "Chronicles of Narnia" franchise, based on the series of classic children's fantasy books by C.S. Lewis.

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