Co-star Georgie Henley has grown into a bright and studious 12-year-old who has written two of her own stories, The Snow Stag and A Pillar of Secrets.
About Lewis’ imaginary world, its story and its characters, Henley says, “They're just brilliant because of the way C.S. Lewis wrote them. He didn't put too much description in, so Narnia is almost our complete imagination. We can interpret it however we like. I think that most people have their own interpretation of these books and these characters.”
Henley acknowledges two changes in her character in the second film. “In the last film, I was sweet little Lucy, and now I’m a bit more actiony, which was quite fun,”
she says, adding that she spent time learning to ride a horse and wield a dagger for her role. “Also, Lucy stands up for what she believes in more than in the last film—her faith in Aslan. She’s braver and she has her own view about what she thinks is right. She sees Aslan before her siblings do, which I think shows Lucy’s trust in Aslan more than the others.”
Producer Mark Johnson describes Lucy Pevensie’s dilemma as a fundamental question of faith. “She’s asking ‘Who am I? What is the right thing to do?’ Her conscience dictated a lot of what she did on the last film. In this one, it’s put to some pretty severe tests.”
Skandar Keynes, who plays Edmund, was 12 when he started shooting the first movie. By the end of PRINCE CASPIAN, he had turned 16. Despite his being five years younger than his co-star Moseley, Keynes sees his character as taking the role of the older brother in his relationship with the elder sibling Peter this time out.
“Edmund is always looking out for Peter,” says the young actor. “He always helps him, but never gets the credit he deserves and that gets to him a bit. It’s one of the recurring themes—how Edmund’s always helping Peter out. You know, there was even a day on the call sheet where the scene description was ‘Edmund saves the day.’ I didn’t let anyone forget it. I walked around with a call sheet in my hands all day saying, ‘Edmund saves the day’. That was really cool.”
Co-star Moseley believes moviegoers will see the Pevensies in a new light in PRINCE CASPIAN. “Peter and Susan especially. These two had challenges in the first film, but nothing on this level. I think audiences will be surprised and engaged by both the physical battles and the emotional battles endured by our characters.”
"They've all grown up really well,” Director Adamson says, sounding like a proud parent of the young actors portraying the Pevensie clan. “A large reason for me to do this again was working with the same children. There is this wonderful relationship between the kids, how they became a family and how they let us become a part of that family. There's change in very positive ways in growing up, but I'd like to say the movie didn’t change who they are, which I'm really happy about.”