From the May 9 issue of Newsweek:

Georgie Henley turned 9 while playing Lucy in "The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," so nobody needed to teach her about wonderment.

The movie, of course, is the first in a potential franchise based on C. S. Lewis’s fantasy classic.

In case you don’t remember the books’ making you levitate with joy when you were a kid, "Lion" concerns British siblings who pass through an armoire into Narnia, where they battle the White Witch in the name of the noble lion Aslan. "We built the set for Narnia and we took Georgie up there blindfolded," says director Andrew Adamson ("Shrek"). "Then we just let her go.

What we got was not ‘acting.’ She was literally trembling with excitement."

The movie opens nationwide December 9. Given the fact that it’s already getting a lot of press it’s going to be really, really big.

Incidentally, Moviefone reports that Disney has already given the green light for movie adaptations of the next two books in the series. That should tell you a lot about what they think about the potential audience for these movies.