Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Where's the White Witch when you need her? Chronicles Of Narnia stars Georgie Henley and Anna Popplewell brave the snow for Voyage Of The Dawn Treader



Braving the cold: Georgie Henley and Anna Popplewell (right) ignored the snow as they arrived at the premiere of The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

It might have been one of the coldest nights of the year so far in London, but that didn't stop The Chronicles Of Narnia stars Georgie Henley and Anna Popplewell braving the cold for the premiere of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

Henley, 15, wore a pretty brown lace dress for the occasion, while 21-year-old Popplewell went for a more revealing outfit in a low-cut strapless black outfit.

And despite the snow continuously falling on London's Leicester Square, where the Royal Film Screening was held, the girls shunned big coats and scarves to ensure they looked as glamorous as possible.

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Is it cold? Guests wait anxiously to get into the cinema to watch the film as they stand on the red carpet

While Henley, who has already been tipped as 'the next Emma Watson', might only be 15, she has already starred as Lucy Pevensie in three films in the franchise.

But she and Anna, who plays Lucy's big sister Susan in the films, had some red carpet competition from X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson, who maintained her vintage style in an unusual eggshell blue dress coat, which she teamed with a sparkly bag and silver heels.

Matt Cardle and One Direction, who, with Rebecca, made it through to the show's semi-final this weekend, looked dapper in their outfits as they posed for photographers on the red carpet.

The next Emma Watson? Georgie wore a long brown lace dress at the premiere

Braving the cold: The girls managed big smiles for the cameras despite the bitterly cold evening

Another famous X Factor face at the event was last year's winner Joe McElderry, who sings on the soundtrack for the film.

Asked recently how he got involved in the film and who invited him to sing single There's A Place For Us, McElderry said: 'I got approached by Fox to do it and asked if I would sing this song, and I was absolutely honoured and I was like, "Definitely".'

The film, directed by Michael Apted, features Henley, from Ilkley, Yorkshire, and Skandar Keynes, 19, who plays Edmund Pevensie.

Good friends: Rebecca and Matt pose for photographers on the red carpet before going in to see the film

Over here, over here! Photographers attempt to get a shot of favourite Rebecca as she poses on the red carpet

Henley and Keynes first joined the Narnia adventure when they were just seven and 12 respectively, but now their journeys come to an end as Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the last book in which they feature.

In the film, they return to the mythical world of Narnia with their cousin Eustace, played by 17-year-old Londoner Will Poulter.

They are transported to Narnia's Eastern Sea, and are rescued by their old comrade King Caspian - formerly Prince Caspian, played by Ben Barnes - aboard the Dawn Treader.

Looking dapper: One Direction (left to right), Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik looked smart in suits and ties

It took 21 weeks and $2.7million (£1.7million) to build a life-size version of the ship - which was not even seaworthy.

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader also features Liam Neeson, who reads the voice of Aslan, and Simon Pegg as the voice of warrior mouse Reepicheep.

However, while Henley has been compared to Harry Potter star Watson, she says she's not sure how true the comparison is.

Co-stars: Georgie, who plays Lucy Pevensie in the film, poses with Ben Barnes, who stars as Prince Caspian

Glamorous girls: Anna Popplewell who plays Lucy's sister Susan and Australian actress Laura Brent (right) who appears as Lilliandil went for full-length glamour

She said: 'I take It as a compliment because she is so smart, but I don’t think I could front a Burberry campaign or anything like that.

'I don’t think modelling is something I could do because I like food too much! I had an Asian platter for two the other day and I finished it all myself. It was so yummy.'

Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian, said he was disappointed to have missed the chance to meet the Queen because of his commitments he made to perform the stage version of Sebastian Faulks's novel Birdsong directed by Sir Trevor Nunn,

Cast and crew: The cast and crew pose up outside the premiere for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

He said: 'We didn't know that it would be a royal premiere so I arranged to come to this and then nip back before anyone missed me.

'Then the Queen decided to come so I'm devastated about that, but the theatre will be full of people who would be disappointed if didn't go.'

Director Apted said he hoped the Queen would enjoy the performance. He said: 'I'm only sitting two seats away from her so I hope she likes it. I think she will.

What an honour: Henley watches as a smiling Liam Neeson greets the Queen after the film

Smiles all round: Anna Popplewell and Will Poulter shake hands with the monarch, who wore a pretty blue dress

'I think it's for everybody. It's a very emotional film and I think people like that. I'm sure she'll be kind to it anyway.'

After the screening, the cast and crew waited to meet the Queen and Prince Philip.

A smiling Neeson said afterwards: 'I'm told the Queen doesn't see many movies, nor her husband, but they're coming tonight and that's pretty special.'

rapped up warm: Queen Elizabeth wore a long charcoal wrap over her royal blue embellished dress

The Royal Film Performance is the major fundraising event of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CBTF).

The Queen is patron of the charity, which supports film and TV employees and their families in times of hardship.

Actor and writer Julian Fellowes, who welcomed the Queen to the cinema, said: 'The support of the Queen for the CTBF is fantastically important. It keeps the whole profile of the organisation in front.'

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is released on 9th December.

source: dailymail