Colin Firth has signed on to star opposite Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray, the retelling of the Oscar Wilde classic being directed by Oliver Parker, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the story centers on Gray (Barnes), a young man who becomes the subject of a painting. As the man descends into a hedonistic lifestyle, the portrait begins to age and morph, but he doesn’t.
Firth will play Lord Henry Wotton, the aristocrat who corrupts Gray with his worldview. (He is sometimes called Harry in the novel.)
Ealing Studios is behind the adaptation, which is being produced by Barnaby Thompson. The movie began shooting this week.