Ben Barnes has won the coveted role of Prince Caspian in the sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. But at what price? Read on:
With principal photography set to start next week in New Zealand, there has been a bevy of new developments on Prince Caspian, Disney’s sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
First, the title role has been cast. English thesp Ben Barnes, soon to be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, has won the coveted part of Caspian, but now faces a lawsuit over his decision to leave a stage play in order to work on the film.
Barnes, 25, was appearing as “Dakin” in a British revival of the Tony award-winning play The History Boys when he won the role of Caspian, according to TimesOnline.uk.
“Ben Barnes has decided to leave The History Boys early, before his contract is finished. It is something we are taking very seriously. He has accepted an offer to be in a children’s Disney film and we have had to fly Jamie King back at extremely short notice this week,” a spokesperson for the National Theatre advised The Times.
The National Theatre is reportedly “furious” at Barnes for exiting History Boys, which he has been a part of since 2006, and are considering suing him for breach of contract.
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