ThatHashtagShow is reporting that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown was offered the lead role of Jill Pole for the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Sadly, the reveal comes with a big asterisk. Yes, Brown was offered the role, but it was way back in April, and the actual status of that offer is currently unknown.
As it stands, it’s very possible that Brown has been sitting on that offer, but unless TriStar is waiting for a very specific and opportune moment to announce it, you have to imagine they would have already announced it had they actually locked her down.
This offer from TriStar is very indicative of the potential direction they’re going with the franchise. While Brown isn’t a movie star yet, she’s very much on the road to becoming one (and she is, without a doubt, one of the world’s biggest child stars at the moment). As such, they were likely hoping to capitalizing on her rise to stardom in order to sell some extra tickets. This is in contrast to the approach other studios took in the past, where they hired relative unknowns to lead the film. Obviously, that approach didn’t do much to help the franchise thrive, so it’s understandable why they’d shoot for a rising star in this instance.
So far, we know that Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avengers helmer Joe Johnston is set to direct the flick. Sadly, Johnston recently revealed that the film will also be his last.
Here’s hoping that whoever takes on the lead role, that Johnston is able to go out with a bang!
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