No more does the "next Orlando Bloom" crown descend than Ben Barnes begins racking up the lead roles. Currently onscreen as the titular Prince Caspian, Barnes is set to tackle a literary classic -- the title role in The Portrait of Dorian Gray.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gray is actually in really good hands. It's being helmed by director Oliver Parker, and produced by Barnaby Thompson, the team behind An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. I thought both were splendid, so I'm immediately intrigued. (Others may disagree, but that's what the comments are for.)

Parker plans to "make a visceral, dark horror story" and says the themes of stardom are as relevant as ever. It's set to begin filming at the end of July.

I haven't seen Prince Caspian yet, so I can't judge Barnes' acting ability. Neither Jette nor Jeffery had anything too negative to say about him in their reviews, apart from his accent. My sister, who beats me to nearly every movie, said he was gorgeous but unremarkable. (Actually, what she said was meaner, but I'm not going to repeat it.) So, what say you Caspian watchers -- think this nice looking boy is Wilde material?

Frankly, I think if they're going to tackle Dorian Gray, they ought to have an actor who really must have a portrait rotting in his garret. I'm thinking primarily of Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. The way they look just isn't right.