Want to encourage your child to discover the joys of reading? A great way to get him interested in it is to start off with stories that bring his imagination to life. Take the book series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis, for instance, which has already inspired a movie franchise, the latest of which is set to hit movie screens in December.
The latest film in the series, “Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” introduces the young newcomer Will Pouter, who plays Eustace Scrubb, the bratty cousin of the Pevensies. Returning in their biggest 3D adventure are Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes who play Lucy and Edmund Pevensie respectively. In the film, the Pevensie children are staying at Eustace’s home when all three are dragged into Narnia via a painting on the wall depicting the ocean, which suddenly becomes terrifyingly real as gallons of water flood into the room. They surface in the ocean in Narnia, near Caspian’s ship, The Dawn Treader, and embark on an epic quest to find the seven Lost Lords.
Bright, articulate and enthusiastic, Will relishes the big opportunity that working with director Michael Apted and co-stars Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes (who have all appeared in the Narnia films before), represents. For him, this particular adventure was a dream come true, especially on the shores of Australia where the film was also shot.
“I loved being in Australia,” he says. “I loved the people I worked with and we got to work in a giant water tank – that was so cool. We also learned to scuba dive and I learned sword fighting too, which was fantastic. Finally, I had to work with a blue screen, which was weird but fun. After work I would go surfing and I loved doing that. Actually, I can’t begin to describe how much fun it was. I had the best time.”
Click here to learn more about Will Pouter and his experiences filming "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader."