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Ben Barnes Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Exposed’; Daniel Henney In ‘Agatha’

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 11:04am PDT

Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise) benbarnes1has been tapped as a male lead opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV. Based on the best-selling Swedish novels by Liza Marklund, Exposed centers on Anna (Winstead), an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances. Barnes, repped by WME and Luber Roklin, will play Stoya, a mysterious man who develops an intimate relationship with Anna. He claims to be a pilot but is in fact an NSA whistleblower who is being hunted by the U.S. government because he knows too much.

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Legendary Ups Jon Jashni To President

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO Thomas Tull has promoted Jon Jashni to president, a new post. Jashni, a veteran executive and producer who joined Tull six years ago, will continue to function as chief creative officer and has been a big part of Legendary’s evolution from a co-financier of Warner Bros films to an enterprise that is generating its own films that are released by Warner Bros. Legendary’s rise has been fueled by being partner in such films as The Hangover, Clash of the Titans, the Chris Nolan Batman trilogy and Inception, as well as the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel. Tull’s company is generating its own tent pole films, including the Guillermo del Toro-directed alien-invasion film Pacific Rim that stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, and a reboot of Godzilla. Jashni is a producer on those films as well as the Alex Proyas-directed Paradise Lost that will star Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker, and the Sergey Bodrov-directed The Seventh Son, which stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. Read More »

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ARC And XLrator Acquire Rock ‘N Roll Comedy ‘Killing Bono’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have teamed to acquire North American distribution rights to the rock and roll comedy Killing Bono, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan a VOD release in October and a theatrical release a month later.

The film’s directed by Nick Hamm, stars Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Martin McCann and features the last performance by the late actor Pete Postlethwaite. Written by The Commitments scribes Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell, the film tells the story of young Irish rock musician Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan. They try to become rock stars in Dublin but are upstaged by four of their friends when they form the band U2 and become the biggest rock stars in the world. Pic’s an adaptation of Neil McCormick’s memoir Killing Bono: I Am Bono’s Doppelganger. ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater and XLrator Media head Barry Gordon have now teamed on their fifth film acquisition. They also acquired Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, the martial arts film Bunraku and Knuckle, the documentary about rival bare knuckle boxers in Ireland that premiered at Sundance. WME Global’s Alexis Garcia and Samantha Horley from SALT Company International brokered the deal. The pic’s produced by Hamm, Ian Flooks, Mark Huffam, Piers Tempest and is co-produced by Isibeal Ballance.

“One of the freshest and funniest rock & roll movies in a long time, Killing Bono is going to thrill not … Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. And UK Distribution For ‘The Big Wedding’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and UK rights to the ensemble comedy The Big Wedding, and has set an Oct. 19, 2012 release for the Nu Image/Millennium Films pic that stars Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton as a long-divorced couple that fakes marriage when the family is reunited for a big wedding. Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace are in the film, which is shooting in Connecticut. The Bucket List scribe Justin Zackham is directing.

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Ben Barnes Lands Lead Opposite Jeff Bridges In Warner Bros’ ‘Seventh Son’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Barnes, who played Prince Caspian in Fox’s fantasy franchise The Chronicles Of Narnia, is in negotiations for the starring role opposite Oscar winner Jeff Bridges in Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Seventh Son, an adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s young-adult series. He replaces Sam Claflin, who was previous tipped for the role. Barnes will play Tom, the young apprentice to an exorcist (Bridges) who combats ghosts and witches in the 1700s. The pair must battle the queen of evil (Julianne Moore) as Tom falls for a young witch (Alicia Vikander). Sergei Bodrov is directing; Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram are producing, and Jon Jashni and Alysia Cotter are exec producing. Barnes, repped by WME and Luber Roklin and CAM in the UK, also has booked Millennium’s Gently Down the Stream opposite Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried, and has a role in the indie film The Words with Bradley Cooper.

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