Oliver Twist: According to Variety, Ben Kingsley will play Fagin and 10-year-old English actor Barney Clark will essay the title role in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist.

Clark attended a press conference Monday with the helmer in Paris. Polanski also announced other key cast members for his adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel, including Jamie Foreman as Bill Sykes and Frank Finlay as Mr. Brownlow.

The film, which starts a four-month shoot July 12 in Prague, is produced by Alain Sarde and Robert Benmussa, the team behind Polanski's "The Pianist."

The film will be lensed entirely in the Czech republic, with interiors and exteriors built on Barrandov Studios' backlot.

Brian B.