The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Character Guide
'Prince Caspian' Character Guide
A year after the events of <A HREF='http://movies.aol.com/movie/the-chronicles-of-narnia-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe/19417/main' target='_blank'><FONT COLOR='#2864B4'>'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,'</font></a> the Pevensies are abruptly pulled back into Narnia and learn that more than 1300 years have passed there. In that span, the evil King Miraz has usurped the throne and the peaceful Golden Age has been all but forgotten. Joining forces with Prince Caspian and a small army of Narnians, the Pevensies set out to defeat Miraz and his Telmarine army and restore peace to the land. Keep reading for the scoop on all the key players in <A HREF='http://movies.aol.com/movie/the-chronicles-of-narnia-prince-caspian/24862/main' target='_blank'><FONT COLOR='#2864B4'>'Prince Caspian.'</font></a> -- <i>By Tom Johnson</i>
The eldest Pevensie child is back with a mission: save Narnia from the tyrannical rule of King Miraz. But this time he's got a chip on his shoulder the size of Bulgy Bear. "And what kid wouldn't," Adamson says. "He's gone from being a revered high king to dealing with a year of homework back in London after exiting Narnia."
Just when Susan's gotten out (of Narnia), they pull her back in ... thanks to the siren call of the magic ivory horn she left behind. A lot mellower after her sabbatical back in less-than-merry ole wartime England, Susan forges a bond with Caspian and, according to Adamson, "accepts the fact that you can have a wondrous experience, enjoy it and move on."
Edmund's come a long way since betraying his siblings in 'Wardrobe.' When Lucy says she's seen the elusive Aslan, he's the only family member that believes her. But some habits die hard: Edmund still has a hankering to prove himself to his big brother. You'd have thought saving Peter's life in the earlier film would earn him a few grace points. Not so much.
The youngest and sweetest Pevensie retains her gift of insight, understanding and steadfast faith -- especially in Aslan. Still a child at heart, Lucy's trust is tested once again and a seed of self-doubt is planted. "Is she being overly hopeful or going a little crazy?" Adamson muses. What's for sure is that as she gets older, certain beliefs are shed.
The Christ-like lion and protector of Narnia has been missing in action for millennia -- until Lucy seeks him out on the day of the pivotal battle with the Telmarines. "Again voiced by Liam Neeson, he's the only character featured in all seven of C.S. Lewis's books," Adamson says. "More parental here, Aslan lets the kids, well, make their own mistakes."
After the Pevensies disappeared, Telmarines invaded Narnia, and all who remained loyal to Aslan were banished to the Great Woods. Says Adamson, "The Telmarines began as pirates, and their code of conduct -- if you could call it that -- is an underhanded free-for-all with everyone plotting against each other to gain position." Sounds like good times.
"The villains in this film are fascinating, with Miraz the primary big bad [guy] to Caspian's shining beacon of virtue," Adamson says. Miraz's obsession is to remain King of Narnia so that he can pass the throne on to his heir apparent -- his son, of course. That means snuffing out the infant (and true heir to the throne) Caspian. But even the best laid plans ...
The true heir to Narnia and sworn enemy of his evil uncle Miraz who usurped the throne, Caspian asks the Narnians to help him restore justice to the kingdom. "'Caspian' is a coming-of-age and, to some degree, a loss-of-innocence story," Adamson says, "with Caspian starting out quite naïve, then craving revenge and finally letting go of the vengeance."
Reepicheep, voiced by Eddie Izzard, stands proud as the Chief Mouse among the Narnian soldiers. The first to answer Prince Caspian's clarion call, he's a force with which to be reckoned. "I stole liberally from Reepicheep when I created Puss In Boots in 'Shrek,'" Adamson says. Although hardly a Latin lover like Puss, Reep is a confident, sword-wielding "cutie-pie."
Good things come in small packages, but sometimes you have to wait for them. Red Dwarf Trumpkin (voiced by Peter Dinklage), one of the old Narnians, starts out as a total cynic who doesn't believe in magic, Aslan or the Pevensies. But he gradually comes around and transforms into a steadfast friend, especially to Lucy, who melts his curmudgeonly defenses.
"If you think Trumpkin's cornered the market on cynicism, meet Nikabrik," Adamson says. A Black Dwarf consumed by anger, Nikabrik's first knee-jerk response is to kill Prince Caspian because he's a Telmarine. With an allegiance that shifts as easily as a gust of wind, underestimating this pint-sized conniver's capability to double-cross could be fatal.
An honest and faithful badger, Trufflehunter helps young Caspian evade Telmarine soldiers in the Great Woods and then ministers to the wounded Prince. But Trufflehunter's skills far exceed dressing cuts and giving Telmarines the slip. "He's the keeper of knowledge," says Adamson, "a walking and talking Narnian library and totally old-school."
An honorable Centaur (is there any other kind?), Glenstorm is also an astronomer charged with watching the skies for portents. And he's good at his job. Glenstorm knows what Caspian will try to achieve before he even attempts it. At the Narnian Council, the centaur encourages the old Narnians to trust in Caspian's commitment to bring freedom to all.
A Minotaur as imposingly powerful as he is solemn, Asterius belongs to the old order of Narnians who long to see their beloved homeland returned to its former glory. Selfless and courageous, Asterius proves his mettle and lives up to his roots in Greek mythology when he saves many fellow Narnians during the crucial raid on King Miraz's castle.
Wearing a dark cloak to conceal his intentions, the Werewolf is a fallen Narnian who tries to manipulate Caspian into allying with a dangerous old enemy. It's reputed that the Werewolf can "drink a river of blood and not burst" and that when fully transformed into his lupine state, his bite can turn a man into a, well, you know.
Caspian's teacher is a wise old dwarf/Telmarine hybrid versed in ancient lore and possessing magic chops to boot. He helps Caspian escape Miraz's clutches, and in a case of quid pro quo, the prince springs the doc from captivity during the raid on Miraz's castle. Says Adamson, "Think Aristotle tutoring a young Alexander the Great and you've got it."
A general who answers to Miraz, Glozelle pressures his king into accepting Peter's challenge to single combat with the hope that Miraz will die and that he and Sopespian can then lead the Telemarine army in a decisive attack against the Narnians. "As a second-tier villain, Glozelle's very interesting," Adamson says. "He's a real Benedict Arnold."
The evil lord conspires with Glozelle to kill Miraz in order to make his own play for the Narnian throne. "In some ways Sopespian turns out to be the real bad guy of the film," Adamson says. "Where it seems that Miraz has the upper hand at the beginning, we see that Sopespian like Shakespeare's Iago is trying to manipulate the situation."