This is topic Liam Neeson confirmed to be the voice of Aslan in the "Narnia" movie! in forum Books, Films, Food and Culture at Hatrack River Forum.

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Posted by Puffy Treat (Member # 7210) on :
It was announced at the San Diego Comic Con today...

I'm pleased. I think Neeson will be quite good in this role.
Posted by Narnia (Member # 1071) on :
Holy Cow! That is awesome. [Big Grin]
Posted by mr_porteiro_head (Member # 4644) on :
Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on :
That was my intitial reaction, MPH, but then I realized that's pretty much my intial reaction to anyone I can think of for the part.
Posted by Puffy Treat (Member # 7210) on :
Yeah...nothing will ever match the voice that my imagination has supplied for Aslan.

Still, for the film version I think Neeson is one of the better choices.
Posted by Narnia (Member # 1071) on :
He has such a gentle voice though, I think he'll be great.
Posted by Eruve Nandiriel (Member # 5677) on :
Sean Connery probably would have had a good Aslan voice. But then again, he voice is probably over used and too easily recognizabe, it would be distracting. Especially since he did the voice for the dragon in "Dragonheart".
Posted by Tante Shvester (Member # 8202) on :
If only Burt Lahr were still around.
Posted by Avadaru (Member # 3026) on :
I had a dream about Liam Neeson last night....I think he will be perfect for Aslan.
Posted by Bekenn (Member # 6602) on :
I was thinking of something similar to John Rhys-Davies's protrayal of Treebeard (actually, more his portrayal of Prince Thrakhath in Wing Commander III, but it's pretty similar), but Neeson should do a fine job.
Posted by IdemosthenesI (Member # 862) on :
I don't know, I kind of like the obvious choice. You can't have a lion played by anybody other than James Earl Jones. Although I might make an exception if they were to get Diane Rheem [Wink]
Posted by Megan (Member # 5290) on :
But...then Aslan would have that creaky old lady's voice! I mean, I like Diane Rheem, but her voice drives me nuts!

Edited to add that Liam Neeson doesn't bother me too much. I'd have preferred a deeper voice, personally, but this is ok, I guess.
Posted by Puffy Treat (Member # 7210) on :
Other news from the Comic Con Narnia panel...

Warning: Some minor plot/character spoilers.

Glad that the new montage footage has quieted some of the misgivings of those labled the film a LotR/HP/UE clone based on the teaser.

I predict the Narnia movie _will_ be true to the source material.
Posted by Narnia (Member # 1071) on :
I'd have preferred a deeper voice, personally, but this is ok, I guess.
That's what I thought too Megan.
Posted by Vadon (Member # 4561) on :
Bah, had they gotten the voice acting done a few months ago we could have had Thurl Ravenscroft but no... *Grumbles*

Actually, I think he might do well as Aslan. Should be interesting. We'll just have to see...
Posted by Puffy Treat (Member # 7210) on :
A few months ago Brian Cox was cast in the role, but his voice quality changed.
Posted by beverly (Member # 6246) on :
He does have a very gentle voice. Aslan can be extremely gentle, but he also has some "tooth" and "bite" to his voice when he gets down to business. I wonder well how ol' Liam will pull it off?

Of course, if you digitally alter the voice, even slightly, you can do wonders.
Posted by Katarain (Member # 6659) on :
I thought Liam Neeson was the perfect choice when I saw him suggested by someone in the other thread. I had no idea he was actually in the running.

Woo Liam. [Smile] He'll do great.

Posted by Puffy Treat (Member # 7210) on :
More pictures from the SDCC:

Aslan and Jadis, the White Witch figurines.

Mr. Tumnus, a Satyr, and a "Minoboar".

One fierce-looking centaur!

Jadis wearing her "Stone Table" outfit. (Her Dwarf slave nearby.)

A minotaur from the Witch's army.
Posted by Jim-Me (Member # 6426) on :
I think Neeson will be perfect...

And his voice can bite and project just fine... watch Batman Begins [Smile]

For those that wanted deeper, I think first, that too deep is a mistake... I think sounding wise while still being able to sound young and vigourous and sounding majestic when it's so gentle as to be lamb-like are the primary attributes and Neeson is about as good as a human voice I can think of.
Posted by Rakeesh (Member # 2001) on :
Wait a minute, Dag-which side were you fighting for in the Kilrathi wars! Prince Thrackath was the bad guy! [Embarrassed]
Posted by Gryphonesse (Member # 6651) on :
OMG I will get NO more work done this afternoon. I have the Narnia movie site bookmarked, hadh't checked it in a few weeks, and now this fount of info!! I'm in fantasy-bliss.

Posted by Olivetta (Member # 6456) on :
1. Mr. Neeson's voice is purrrfect for Aslan. Check out some of his recordings of children's books. Seriously.

2. You can't get deeper than that without sounding too... too. Darth Vader as Aslan? nooooopers.


Though I knew this early last week, because it had been leaked to some sites and a rabid Star Wars fan posted it to an SF mailing list I'm on. I suppose it's unladylike to gloat, but... [Big Grin]
Posted by ketchupqueen (Member # 6877) on :
I really like Neeson for Aslan, actually. He can be gentle, stern, commanding-- all at once. Good choice.

He really is a wonderful actor.
Posted by mothertree (Member # 4999) on :
It almost goes without saying that I agree with Porter and Dag. It's why I hardly ever post anymore [Wink] Actually I'm just really busy. What's UE?

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