Ben Barnes (‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’ franchise) has 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 (Winstead). 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.
With Legendary joining Universal as a new partner in July, the two have already moved around release dates for upcoming projects, including pushing ‘Seventh Son’ from 2014 to 2015.
‘Seventh Son,’ starring Jeff Bridges, was set to open on January 17, 2014 but will now open on February 6, 2015. The move is interesting given that Universal is already opening ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ on Valentine’s Day 2015, but given that ‘Seventh Son’ plays to boys, the move comes off as good counter-programming.
This marks the second time Legendary has moved ‘Seventh Son,’ which was supposed to open this October, before Legendary pushed it back 3 months to January.
This past summer, Ben took part in a ‘Save The Waystation’ campaign to help raise money for the Wildlife Waystation, a non-profit animal sanctuary in Los Angeles. Check out photos of Ben with his ‘Save The Waystation’ sign in our gallery.
If you’d like to donate to the Wildlife Waystation, visit their official website.