Ben Barnes Has A “Seventh Son”

He’s played Prince Caspian in the “Narnia” series and Oscar Wilde’s immortal “Dorian Gray”, now British star Ben Barnes is in negotiations to join the fantasy tentpole “The Seventh Son” for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures says Deadline.

Based on Joseph Delaney’s children’s book series “The Wardstone Chronicles” (aka. “The Last Apprentice”), the story follows a young man named Tom in training to be the apprentice of a ‘Spook’ (Jeff Bridges), a fighter against evil magic, in the 1700’s.

Trouble begins when his friend Alice (Vikander) tricked into releasing the most sinister witch in the world (Julianne Moore). Barnes will replace “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” star Sam Clafin who had been in negotiations for the role until talks fell through.

Sergei Bodrov (“Nomad,” “Mongol”) directs ‘Son’ from a script by Max Borenstein and shooting kicks off in September in Vancouver.