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New Role

Good news everyone!

Entertainment Weekly reports that Ben has been cast as Hamlet in ‘Ophelia’.

EW has learned that Ben Barnes has been cast as Hamlet in Ophelia, an independently financed retelling of the story of the tormented young Dane from the perspective of his long-suffering girlfriend.

Producers Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger tapped first-time director Dawn Shadforth to provide a dynamic, contemporary take on the classic characters, somewhat in the vein of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, minus the iambic pentameter dialogue.

The production is aiming for an early-summer start date.

Source

Also, Ben attended the after party of the UK Premiere of “The Young Victoria” last night:


Comments

stephanie evans said:

Yay more for Ben!…is there any news on New Moon yet?

March 4th, 2009

Sophie said:

So cool for him!!! Glad he’s working. And I love Hamlet. I’m happy it’s a modern re-telling, that’ll make it interesting and get him out of the costume dramas, perhaps?? Don’t get me wrong, I love him in those but…he needs to spread his wings, eh?

As for “New Moon’, there was a press release from his agent in LA that he has not been approached to play Aro. –

From OK Magazine – “Although Ben has enjoyed much of the speculation, we haven’t had any calls. There’s no truth to it.”

Sad, I know. I would’ve loved to see him in that role.

March 4th, 2009

Merie said:

I hope its true….

AND OMG, he looks so handsome. I wish I will meet him one day to see him in person. :)

March 4th, 2009

VANESSA said:

Oh, splendid! I can’t wait! On a side note, it must be a sin to be that beautiful…

March 4th, 2009

Fedra said:

Thanks for the update!

Though i was happy to see a new picture of Ben, i must admit that this one has me worried a bit.

He looks gorgeous as ever but ,Gosh, he looks so skiny.

He seems to look thinner and thinner from picture to picture, and to be honest that get’s me worried.

Hope he takes care of himself.

March 4th, 2009

Samantha said:

Geez, he looks a bit gaunt don’t ya think? Just like Fedra said, I hope he’s looking after himself. although i’m sure he is, can’t wait for Easy Virtue apparently 12th March in cinemas in Aus….

March 4th, 2009

Samantha said:

actually he reminds me of Gaius Baltar from BSG in this pic…not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing lol…have a great day all:)

March 4th, 2009

Samantha said:

http://www.greaterunion.com.au/movies/7207/Easy-Virtue.htm

March 4th, 2009

Sandy said:

I agree, although he is as handsome as ever, he does seem a bit too skinny, I hope somebody that knows him personally is reading this and will mention to him that us fans are a worried about his appearance. Oh! And great news about the Ophelia movie, can’t wait to see it!!

March 4th, 2009

Roxie said:

He is looking anorexic don’t you think?!? Come on Ben ,this look doesn’t suit you. Gain a little bit of weight, please!!!!!

March 4th, 2009

BarnesFan said:

gain some weight! i dont like skulls hehe joking

March 5th, 2009

Jen said:

Was he alone? He does look fine!

March 5th, 2009

Ekta said:

ohhh ….
lala….
after so many days an update & a pic of Benny!
sexy black ….

i think cos of the angle of the pic taken he’s looking damn skinny.

March 5th, 2009

meandyou said:

everyday im waiting something new about ben…but now i found him a bit too skinny…and im a bit worried..

March 5th, 2009

Serena said:

Glad to hear that VoDT is up and running. Can’t wait to see what they do with that installment.

As far as Aro, in reading the book, I can picture him in that particular role although I’m sure he’d be great in something similar.

I’m sure he’ll make Hamlet alot more interesting for high school kids and adults. I remember having to watch the Mel Gibson version in high school and everyone wanting to slit their wrists from bad acting and boredom. I don’t think there will be a problem with this version. Although I did have to giggle upon first reading it that he said in a past interview that he felt he was doomed to play period pieces the rest of his career. Not that those are bad by any means but variety is a good thing.

He looks good in the pic at the afterparty. Kinda cute that he tucks his hair behind his ears when he says he grew his hair out to hide them. The greasy hair is probably the only “bad” thing about that pic. I guess the beard will be making an appearance in VoDT too? I really don’t see how he looks skinnier than usual or even gaunt. He’s a skinny boy to begin with, but if anything, it’s the angle he’s standing at that might make look him more slender. As much as he talks about that he doesn’t like girls who starve themselves and only eat salads, etc, it seems rather hypocritical and out of character that he would do that himself.

March 5th, 2009

katie123 said:

yes i think he does look a bit skinnny, but i thinkthis is probably the angle of the picture. it is a bit ironic how he says he cant stand girls that would only order salads at restaurants and stuff, and he is looking skinny himself. i hope he realises that we are so worried about him!!

March 5th, 2009

louise said:

He lookes good in the hobo kina style, but i hope he’s not stressed out from the ce3lebthing or so..But is it a play or a movie?

March 5th, 2009

louise said:

he lookes totaly good in the hobolook, and I think he just lookes skinny from the angle…But is this a play or a film?

March 5th, 2009

Serena said:

It’s a movie premiere

March 5th, 2009

Katie said:

Yay! Hamlet’s my favorite Shakespearean play.

March 5th, 2009

Andreita said:

Bencito me caes re bien jeje espero que logre ese rol solo estoy un poco triste por que tengo que esperar mucho para que Easy Birtue y Dorian Gray lleguen a mèxico :< aaaaa! que pena!!!

March 5th, 2009

Andreita said:

Person es Easy Virtue lo siento juju adios y Bencito muchos Besos desde méxico

March 5th, 2009

VANESSA said:

I agree with Ekta and the others. I think the poor angle made him look so thin.

March 6th, 2009

DIANA said:

That´s a guy I could fall inlove with

March 6th, 2009

Shiela said:

Who were the cast in “The Young Victoria”? Thanks.

March 6th, 2009

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March 14th, 2009

alice said:

you know girls..I’m worried about ben..What’s going on…?:(
he is too slim…Btw ben just take care your self!!!

March 16th, 2009

katie123 said:

i think this is the angle of the picture. his head looks really big aswell!!!

March 17th, 2009