Ben Barnes is set to play Jeff Bridges’ son in the upcoming historical fantasy film, The Seventh Son.
The film is based upon The Wardstone Chronicles series of fantasy novels from author Joseph Delaney, and follows the story of a Thomas J. Ward, the young apprentice to a renowned ‘Spook’ – someone who deals with dark and magical beings.
Jeff Bridges, who received his sixth Academy Award nomination for his performance in True Grit last year, had been confirmed to be playing the role of The Seventh Son‘s Master Gregory – an old hand in the world of demon-hunting and a mentor to Thomas. Julianne Moore is also set to star as Mother Malkin, an evil witch who has other plans for the young farmhand.
Also reported to be appearing in the adaptation is Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who will play a Mother Malkin’s daughter, Alice. The part was reportedly first offered to Jennifer Lawrence, who was heavily nominated following her performance in Winter’s Bone, but she is thought to have turned down the role in order to appear in upcoming sci-fi adventure film, The Hunger Games.
Now it seems that Ben Barnes has been cast in the role of Thomas, having beat competition from both Beastly‘s Alex Pettyfer and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Sam Claflin. Barnes was last seen taking on a lead role in last year’s U2-inspired comedy, Killing Bono, but is best known for his best known for his portrayal of Caspian X in The Chronicles of Narnia films.
The Seventh Son is helmed by Russian director Sergei Bodrov, and is currently scheduled for a 2013 release – we’ll keep you posted!