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In pictures: Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the basis for the first film in The Chronicles of Narnia. Its success may lead to future Narnia tales.

Susan Popplewell (Susan), William Moseley (Peter) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The film follows the Pevensie children's discovery of Narnia, a magical land entered through the back of a wardrobe.

Susan Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and William Moseley as the Pevensie children in The Chronicles of Narnia

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy join forces with the lion god of Narnia, Aslan, to defeat the evil White Witch.

The Chronicles of Narnia

It features the mythical animals, such as the gryphon, the people and the landscape of Narnia - as created by CS Lewis, who wrote the seven books in the series.

William Moseley as Peter in The Chronicles of Narnia

William Moseley, 18, plays Peter, the eldest of the Pevensie siblings, in his debut film role.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is actually the second book in the Narnia series. A prequel, The Magician's Nephew, was written at a later stage.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Narnia books are often viewed as a religious allegory, with Aslan the lion representing Jesus Christ, but film-makers have played down the religious significance.

Tilda Swinton as Jadis in The Chronicles of Narnia

Tilda Swinton, best known for her cross-dressing role in Orlando, plays the evil White Witch Jadis - a role originally offered to Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The film, also starring Liam Neeson, Rupert Everett and Dawn French, was principally filmed in New Zealand. It opens across the world from 8 December.


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