Ben Barnes Is The New Dorian Gray

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” hunk Ben Barnes has been cast in the titular role for “The Picture of Dorian Gray” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Oscar Wilde’s classic novel, the story follows a young man who wishes that his youth and beauty will not fade due to either age or indulgence. His wish comes true when a portrait of him begins to deteriorate whilst he stays young and beautiful.

Director Oliver Parker (“An Ideal Husband,” “The Importance of Being Earnest”) plans to make this a visceral, dark horror story version of the story. Shooting begins July 28th.