Yesterday in a Reddit AMA, Tilda Swinton was asked by a fan if she would be interested in reprising her role as The White Witch the Narnia series. Her response:
I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make The Magician’s Nephew… the prequel to The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe—such a fantastic story.
This comes as great news to fans hoping that a film adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew will still be made. The Magician’s Nephew is the only book (besides The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) to feature The White Witch, although this hasn’t stopped the filmmakers from featuring her in the film adaptations of Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
The Silver Chair, the film currently being produced by Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) and written by David Magee (The Life of Pi) was announced in October 2013 nearly 3 years after film adaptations of the Narnia books were put on hold due to the mediocre box office reception of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The film features a villain called The Lady of the Green Kirtle, who is of apparent similar origin as the White Witch, leading some fans to speculate that they might be one and the same (even though [63 year-old spoiler alert] The White Witch met her demise in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).
It’s possible (even likely, considering the history of the franchise) that the Silver Chair filmmakers could want Tilda involved in the upcoming film as the lead villainess. Or perhaps they will get an entirely new actress to play The Lady of the Green Kirtle and wait to bring Tilda back for the (fingers crossed) eventual adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew. Whatever happens, one C.S. Lewis quote is very relevant here:
…who ever heard of a witch that really died?
–The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Do you think Tilda Swinton should return as the White Witch? The Lady of the Green Kirtle? Both? Neither? Tell us in the comments below!