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Mr Tumnus

icarus
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Since there isn't an active discussion for recasting Mr Tumnus for the Netflix era, I'm going to throw a bold suggestion out there - Dev Patel.

Go and watch him in David Copperfield and then try and convince me he doesn't have the absolute right mixture of charm and humour to pull off the role.

He's exceptionally good in a lot of things (go watch 'Lion' if you've never seen that either) but I feel that like James McAvoy he has this inate sense of thoroughly British awkwardness that would be just spot on for Mr Tumnus.

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Topic starter Posted : March 6, 2021 3:42 pm
coracle
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Just the look is great - of course he'd be given a wig and makeup, but he already has a lovely faunish look! I liked him very much in Lion. He went to some excellent English schools, so he'd have a delicious RP voice too!

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : March 6, 2021 6:51 pm
The Rose-Tree Dryad
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Ooh, I love the idea of Dev Patel as Tumnus! Great casting suggestion. Applause

I'm going to have to disagree with you on the wig, @coracle he has a mop of curly hair that already looks quite faun-like, imo. I want to find out what his hair care regimen is. LOL

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Posted : March 6, 2021 9:19 pm
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coracle
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I do think his mop of hair is beautiful! But movie makers are likely to have different ideas.

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : March 7, 2021 1:20 am
Courtenay
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  Smile Good choice, I reckon too — and it would be nice to have some ethnic diversity in the cast, especially since there are still those who claim "Narnia is racist"... Seriously, though — Tumnus is described in the book as having "rather reddish" skin, which isn't important to the plot, but still, he's been played by a white actor in nearly every adaptation I've ever seen. Why haven't there been any screams of "whitewashing!!"...?? Tongue (Possibly the critics who would do that haven't actually read the original book.)

(The only exception I can think of is the 1979 animated film of LWW, which DOES give Tumnus red skin — but it also gives him green hair and has him hopping about bizarrely like a frog, which are details I hope Netflix doesn't intend to imitate.)

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
(Prince Caspian)

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Posted : March 7, 2021 6:26 am
icarus
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At the Venice Film Festival last week, the actor Timothee Chalamet (Dune, The King, Little Women) went with a rather bold open-backed red jumpsuit on the Red Carpet, which certainly turned quite a few heads, but from the waist up it kind of gave him a very distinctly Mr Tumnus sort of vibe, especially with that head of curly hair he has.

 

Timothee Chalamet is probably one of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood at the moment, so it's perhaps unlikely they'd be able to get him now, but I'm going to throw him into the mix for Mr Tumnus anyway.

He's a really strong but sympathetic action lead in things like Dune and The King, whilst also showing a much softer and charming side befitting someone like Mr Tumnus in things like Little Women.

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Topic starter Posted : September 11, 2022 1:34 pm
coracle
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@icarus the red scarf certainly adds to that look!!

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : September 11, 2022 2:54 pm
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Impending Doom
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Posted by: @icarus

 

Timothee Chalamet is probably one of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood at the moment, so it's perhaps unlikely they'd be able to get him now, but I'm going to throw him into the mix for Mr Tumnus anyway.

I would say the likelihood has definitely increased if Greta Gerwig's involved with LWW considering Chalamet has appeared in the two most recent Gerwig films 😉 

It may seem like an obvious choice now but I think he'd be a great Tumnus.

"Tollers, there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to try and write some ourselves." - C.S. Lewis

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Posted : November 17, 2022 12:19 pm
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hiraeth
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Was going to suggest Chalamet for one of the Narnian princes but somehow this seems even more perfect haha. He’s such an interesting actor to watch, I feel like he’s played quite a few roles where he’s struggling with a darkness of some kind and must resist it - very fitting for Tumnus! 

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Posted : November 20, 2022 4:57 pm
coracle
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He seems very young. I know James McAvoy was also young, in the 2005 film. It's just that he's so delicate looking in the Little Women film 2019. Perhaps he's beefed up a bit? Very pretty!

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : November 20, 2022 5:44 pm
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