UK’s Times Online has published an interesting article saying that Ben Barnes, who played Dakin in the National Theatre’s “The History Boys,” has landed the title role in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Problem is, it seems the National Theatre is not too happy about it:
A spokesperson for the National Theatre said yesterday: “Ben Barnes has decided to leave The History Boys early, before his contract is finished. It is something we are taking very seriously. He has accepted an offer to be in a children’s Disney film and we have had to fly Jamie King back at extremely short notice this week.”
Jamie King is replacing Barnes in the production. Another source told the newspaper that Barnes has signed a three-picture deal with Disney for the “Narnia” franchise.