Brenda Chapman, Jordan A. Nash, Reece Yates on Childhood Fantasies in Come Away [Exclusive Interview]

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Brenda Chapman directed Come Away with Jordan A. Nash as stars as Peter and Reece Yates as David.

Children have the wildest of imaginations.

With their imaginations, it helps with coping with the realities of the real world and adult conflicts.

Come Away is a special film that weaves the imaginations of two classic fairy tales of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland into a family drama.

The film has a great starring cast, including David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie, Anna Chancellor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Derek Jacobi, and Michael Caine. The children in the film were even more spectacular with Jordan A. Nash, Keira Chansa, and Reece Yates.

Here’s the official synopsis of the film:

In this imaginative origin story of two of the most beloved characters in literature—Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland—eight-year-old Alice (Chansa), her mischievous brother Peter (Nash), and their brilliant older sibling David (Yates) let their imaginations run wild one blissful summer in the English countryside. Encouraged by their parents, Jack and Rose (Oyelowo and Jolie), the kids make-believe tea parties, sword fights, and pirate ship adventures come to an abrupt end when tragedy strikes. Peter, eager to prove himself a hero to his grief-stricken and financially-struggling parents, journeys with Alice to London, where they try to sell a treasured heirloom to the sinister pawnshop owner known as C.J. (David Gyasi). Returning home, Alice seeks temporary refuge in a wondrous rabbit hole while Peter permanently escapes reality by entering a magical realm as leader of the “Lost Boys.”

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Brenda Chapman, along with actors Jordan A. Nash and Reece Yates on the film. We talked with Chapman about this being in her first non-animated film and working with children. With Nash and Yates, we talked about letting their own imaginations run wild and if they learned anything of significance from adults.

Brenda Chapman is a pioneer female director being the first woman to direct an animated feature film for a major studio with The Prince of Egypt in 1998. Also, she won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature for 2013’s Brave. Her writing credits included being the story supervisor for 1994’s The Lion King, story contribution to 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, and story contribution with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Come Away is her first non-animated film as a director.

Jordan A. Nash was most recently spotted as Omar, one of Genie’s children, in the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. He appeared in several episodes of Hulu’s Harlots and played as the young Michael Jackson in the television movie documentary Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror. Come Away is his first leading role.

Reece Yates immediately made his mark into the acting industry with Victor Hugo’s classic novel adaptation Les Miserables as an episodic series for PBS. He played the young Gavroche, who assisted with the revolt.

Come Away releases in theaters and at home On Demand today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Brenda Chapman, Jordan A. Nash, and Reece Yates below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Relativity

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