EXCLUSIVE: Ben Barnes Talks The Seventh Son and The Chronicles of Narnia
I recently got the chance to speak with actor Ben Barnes, who was promoting his new movie Killing Bono, which hits theaters November 4. We also talked about several of his upcoming projects, including The Seventh Son. Here's what he had to say about the Sergey Bodrov adaptation, which begins production in March.
"I think The Seventh Son starts shooting in March. At the moment, I hear it's going to be Vancouver and China. I've seen some of the artwork for it, and it looks like nothing I've ever seen. Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors in the history of ever. After working with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, and previously I've worked with Colin Firth, and working with Jeff Bridges next year, I'm surrounding myself with my idols. There's no better way to learn than that, really. I don't know how I've managed to get here."
Ben Barnes starred as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. However, he doesn't think he'll be back for the next Narnia adventure. The actor has heard The Magician's Nephew will be next in the movie series, not The Silver Chair, which is the next book after The Voyage of The Dawn Treader.
"The only rumblings I heard were they might do The Magician's Nephew, which is sort of the prequel, next. I don't think I'd be involved, either way, because my character in The Silver Chair would be in his 70s. Unless they are going to wait like 40 years, and then do The Silver Chair, just so I could be the right age, which I don't think is a bad idea, by the way. Maybe just keep me on a retainer until then."
"Yeah. I've already shot The Words and The Wedding. I shot The Words in Montreal, and it's a pretty amazing city. We had great directors on that film. The cast is obviously amazing. I didn't really get to meet the cast, because that film is sort of written in three sections. It's a very interesting story about morality and perspective. I think it was one of those things where every actor who read it was like, 'That's really interesting.' It was interesting to see Bradley Cooper and people like that do something really different and dramatic. I think he's going to be amazing in it. The Wedding was an incredible experience. I got to work with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, who I thought were all wonderful. It was a great learning experience for me, and I think it's going to be really funny. I'm the groom, so I'm stuck with this ridiculous dysfunctional family swirling around me. I'm the exasperated guy in the middle of it all. I hope that will be very funny too, and it's very sweet in its own way as well. It's kind of like Meet the Parents, but with a lot of swearing."