Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Quentin Tarantino Adds Three To The Hateful Eight
As shooting starts... Probably literally.
Producers Guild Award Flies To Birdman
While Breaking Bad scores in the TV drama category
Warner Bros. Aims For The Jetsons Again
The latest attempt is animated
New Westworld Image Arrives
And Jonah Nolan talks his plans for the series
Julia Roberts Plans Batkid Begins Film
She'll produce and co-star in the heartwarming tale
Knock Knock Teaser Trailer Online
Keanu Reeves shouldn't answer the door...
Luke Evans Officially Off The Crow Reboot
He's left the nest
American Sniper Still Atop US Box Office
While Mordecai flops badly
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
13 January 2015
Full Penny Dreadful Season 2 Trailer
Eva Green's Vanessa and the rest are back to haunt us
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Cinderella
27 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Paddington (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Grace Of Monaco (2014)
Empire Star Rating
300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

The Golden Compass Points To Eva Green
She's the queen of witches

02 August 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Witches have certainly gotten a better publicist in the last decade or so. They’ve leapt from the ancient image of the crooked crone to the sexy spell-casters seen in The Craft or Buffy.

And now they’re getting a sexy new representative in the form of Eva Green. The Kingdom Of Heaven actress is leaping from the just-finished Casino Royale to The Golden Compass.

You already know the story – in a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) searches for a kidnapped friend and tries to escape the evil Mrs Coulter (Nicole Kidman). Lyra will have some help in her journey from Serafina Pekkala, the queen of witches. She’s signed for this one film, with an option for two more should the trilogy be completed.

Chris Weitz is busy marshalling his troops and the adaptation of Philip Pullman’s first novel starts shooting next month at Shepperton.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
There Will Be Blood For Paul Dano
Young thesp joins PTA's next film

Your Comments

im supprsied Pullman would have signed off on the project unless sum semblance of his ideas from the book remained in tact. Unless hes just a money loving son-of-a-bitch who eagerly sold out his ideals for a bita cash. We've already go Narnia and harry potter, we need a fanstasy franchise WITH A DIFFERNCE More

Posted by Boorerville at 13:46 on 03 August 2006 | Report This Post

Lord Asriel
I always thought Pierece Brosnan was the ideal actor to play Lord Asriel. Nicole Kidman's a fine choice as Mrs Coulter. The voice of Iorek? It's got to be Michael Clark Duncan. More

Posted by DESSIE1970 at 20:59 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

reservations
Im not so thrilled about the casting choices so far, with the exception of eva green. Good choice. Paul Bettany as Asriel, what the fuck! it should be played by someone older like Ralph Fiennes or even Harrison Ford. Catherine Zeta-Jones would have been perfect in the role of Mrs Coulter, i always imagined the character looking like her in the book. As for the voice of Byrinson, it should be Robby benson who voiced 'The Beast' in Disney's classic. 'The Golden Compass'............give me a fu More

Posted by Orpheus Myraj at 19:37 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

reservations
Im not so thrilled about the casting choices so far, with the exception of eva green. Good choice. Paul Bettany as Asriel, what the fuck! it should be played by someone older like Ralph Fiennes or even Harrison Ford. Catherine Zeta-Jones would have been perfect in the role of Mrs Coulter, i always imagined the character looking like her in the book. As for the voice of Byrinson, it should be Robby benson who voiced 'The Beast' in Disney's classic. 'The Golden Compass'............give me a fu More

Posted by Orpheus Myraj at 19:37 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Lee Scoresby is Billy Bob Thornton. More

Posted by Orpheus Myraj at 19:24 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Excellent decision
She is perfect for the role of Serrafina Pekkala - she's a wonderful actress, and she's got an mysterious, unconventional beauty that I think would suit the character perfectly. More

Posted by oki9Sedo at 18:34 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent
excellent! brilliant! fantastic!   now if they get god back into the story.... More

Posted by meh... at 17:19 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Excellent
Nice casting. She's got the right face for Serafina.   L: harryc If Chris Weitz gets Owen Wilson as Lee Scoresby (c'mon he can play him...) It'll be another bonus. sp; He's a little too young isn't he? More

Posted by Sundance at 16:47 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

RE: The Golden Compass Points To Eva Green
I always had Matthew McConaughey in mind as Lee Scoresby More

Posted by wolverines claw at 16:24 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

I'd fuck her. yeah this will be good! More

Posted by Chaos Engine at 14:47 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

hmmmm, is it going to be worth it....
Safaa's right.... IMDB lists Ian McShane as the voice of Iorek. I just can't get the imagine a mulleted Lovejoy as a battle armoured bear!!. However whatever the casting the removal of the religious aspects of the storyline leaves the entire project impotent. Seriously, whats the point.... Man vs God. What will they have to replace it.... More

Posted by tonytigeruk at 13:40 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Ioreks Vioce
Just gotta be someone like James Earl Jones or someone with similar authority and warmth in his voice... Agree that Owen Wilson would be ace as Lee Scoresby tho! More

Posted by ThaNiffer at 11:26 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Wow,these guys are getting a great cast.I'm in love with Eva Green,she's absolutely gorgeous and very talented. I think Paul Bettany is a great actor but I think they should find someone more rugged,you know,like Eric Bana,Hugh Jackman,Russel Crowe,Guy Pearce(I know,but hey Oz is the place that defines rugged)or even Gary Oldman(he can do anything,even if he's a litlle older than the original character) More

Posted by rams at 11:20 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Good choice
Eva Green will be wonderful as Serafina. I wonder if they'll keep the gipsies in the story. If I well recall, Serafina was in love with a gipsy that is quite old by the time Lyra's adventure begins. As for Iorek's voice, I'm not sure but I read somewhere that Ian McShane would lend his voice to the character. As for Kidman, ah well, I suppose she might make it as Mrs. Coulter, but I can't see any strong chemistry between her and Paul Bettany (still in talks). Paul Bettany is a great act More

Posted by Safaa at 11:10 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post

Excellent
Eva Green as Serafina! Just how I pictured her whilst reading the book (ok, not exactly like Eva Green, but more or less the same features...) First Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter (don't actually think it could have been anyone else!) If Chris Weitz gets Owen Wilson as Lee Scoresby (c'mon he can play him...) It'll be another bonus. Any ideas on the voice of Iorek Byrnison?? More

Posted by harryc at 09:55 on 02 August 2006 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Johnny Depp And Paul Bettany Talk Mortdecai
How good is your 'Mortdecai face'?

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

From Mission: Impossible To Mortdecai: Writer/Director David Koepp Talks Screenwriting
What would you do if you were in charge of the Spider-Man franchise?

Ghost In The Shell: A Crash Course
Everything you need to know about Scarlett Johansson’s anime remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)