(Pictured above: Glenstorm, an honorable Centaur and an astronomer charged with watching the skies for portents.)
Moviefone has put up a whole character guide for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (featuring exclusive looks at five new characters). Unlike The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, this is a book with a huge cast. The four Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) return to Narnia. But where only a short time has passed in our world, it is more than a thousand years later in Narnia, and a race of people called the Telmarines have invaded and ousted the natives. All of the characters you grew to love in the last story are long dead. Except Aslan, of course, but that's to be expected if you know your religious allegory!
So, Moviefone has gotten together with director Andrew Adamson to walk you through the new faces you'll be seeing -- and not a moment too soon, as this film opens on May 16. Audiences will be surprised, hopefully pleasantly so, by what a different story Prince Caspian is from its predecessor. Caspian is a story of conquest and rebellion -- the villains in this film are also a far cry from the White Witch. The Telmarine King Miraz and his lordly allies, Glozelle, and Lord Sopespian, are entirely human, their maliciousness owing more to Shakespeare than dark magic. Which isn't to say there aren't otherworldly elements here -- a Werewolf also seeks to lure Caspian into a dangerous alliance. But this is a story of dynasties and politics, a real turnaround from what was tackled in Wardrobe. It throws you as a child reader, but I think the real world elements may be more appealing to adult audiences in this film.