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Ben Barnes Goes From Prince Caspian to Dorian Gray

Right on the heels of starring in the No. 1 movie at the box office, Ben Barnes has landed another gig — and it's a doozy. The adorable Prince Caspian will play the title character in a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Oliver Parker is "planning to make a visceral, dark horror story and says the themes of stardom are as relevant as ever."

That was my immediate thought as well, that the book's themes of vanity and the desire for everlasting youth and beauty seem to be incredibly relevant to today's world (especially in American society, though Dorian Gray does not take place in America). I had to read this novel in college and I'm so glad I did. It's a riveting — and often scary — read. If you haven't read it, this is the plot description: "Dorian Gray is a young man of impossible physical beauty whose portrait — painted by the artist Basil Hallward — becomes connected on an occult level with the workings of his soul. Drawn into a corrupt and sensual life by the dissolute Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian remains young and beautiful, while the painting ages in his stead, ultimately becoming a monstrosity."

Have you read this work by Oscar Wilde? What do you think of this movie news?

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kate27 kate27 9 years
I've read the picture of Dorian Gray after knowing that Ben Barnes was going to play this, the Dorian in my imagination(Ben) was irresistible, gorgeous and sweet that i can't wait to watch the film. and, i hate when people compare him with Orlando Bloom. o.b. IS NOT SO HOT AS BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Karen0193 Karen0193 9 years
bananasplit bananasplit 9 years
People are really up Ben Barnes' ass already about this movie. Too bad he's so pretty, daaaaaaammmmmnnnnn. I honestly think he'll be brilliant!!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 9 years
I thought the book was very good and I can see him in the role. :)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Sorry girls my source was wrong. He is still available for all of you to fight over
cosmic-kisses cosmic-kisses 9 years
I love him! I watched Prince Caspian, and I'm not a fan, but my this heart of mine fell for Ben!
cosmic-kisses cosmic-kisses 9 years
HE'S NOT MARRIED! he's waiting for me ;)
rkim rkim 9 years
Ben's not married!!! He's 26 and he's single. I read it in Elle Magazine with Madonna on the cover. As for his weird accent in Narnia was because he was playing the role of Caspian with a Spanish accent. He's British though so there you go.
msmoney23 msmoney23 9 years
I think that he is a good actor to play Dorian, but in the novel, Dorian was supposed to be blonde. I've read this book and enjoyed it thoroughly! And I agree with the comment above about a version made in the 1930s, it was riveting...I hope this one lives up to the the legacy.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
JessNess - HE'S MARRIED? Bummer. How do you know that? I know this is not the same thing, but I remember there were rumors that Jim Sturgess (from Across the Universe) was married but he said that he was single on Jimmy Kimmel.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oooh Ben Barnes is so handsome, but it is hard to judge his acting based only on Stardust and Prince Caspian. I remember reading the Great Illustrated Classics version of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but I don't fully remember what its about. It seems pretty interesting though.
reesiecup reesiecup 9 years
I've always wanted to read the book. This movie will give me another incentive to do it! I flew through The Da Vinci Code before the movie came out. According to imdb, Barnes doesn't appear to have a lot of films under his belt, not to say that he won't be able to carry this I guess we'll see how the film turns out. And what? He's married?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Oh, and I forgot to say that I'm more curious how it will look depending on who the director/cinematographer is. I hate when movies look really generic and you can't even tell who it's by.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I read most of the book (but didn't get around to finishing and I read it for fun, not for school) and don't really have an opinion about casting, but I do know that I prefer it not be someone from Hollywood to play him. And I don't just mean that because he's British (referring to Dorian Gray, not the actor).
wren1 wren1 9 years
I also loved this book. I've seen the old black and white film, and look forward to seeing this version as well.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
He is hot too bad he is married.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I think he might make a perfect Dorian Gray!!! PS: He is quite handsome, and perhaps this will help him shake the "teen-heartthrob" label, as he is a 26 year old man.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
Wow. I'm curious to see the interpretation to movie, the novel is dark and gothic (just the way I love it :D). I've never seen the previous/first movie made out of it.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
This is one of my favorite novels of all time. Can't wait to see the new movie!
Lyv Lyv 9 years
Whaaaaa? That boy's no Dorian Gray! |:
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this looks like it could be very interesting. I think that a movie of this book is a good idea for the reasons which you have outlined Buzz! I haven't yet seen the new Narnia, but this guy looks very handsome and like a plausible Dorian Gray. I hope this means that hollywood has another, different male that can be a lead. i am so bored with a lot of the actors these days.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
oo I loved this book and think a new movie adaptation will be great.
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
I absolutely loooved this book! Looking forward to the new movie...i remember watching the old, black and white version which was good!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I also liked the book. It is quite dark considering that Wilde was most well known for his lighthearted fluff pieces (like The Importance of Being Earnest).
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