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FutureStarrBen Barnes OOR
ben barnes is a quirky, Brooklyn-based artist who unleashes his full range of creativity in paintings of realistic-looking animals. After returning to New York after a long time in California, he was looking for a job--but he found success with his own art.
Like so many actors fortunate enough to work over the past year, there was a two-week stretch last fall when Ben Barnes found himself sequestered alone in a Canadian hotel room. He was there for “Shadow and Bone,” the new fantasy series Netflix hopes will become one of its signature genre franchises alongside “The Witcher” and “Stranger Things.” The show had largely wrapped production just before the pandemic lockdown, but Barnes still needed to film some final scenes as the powerful and mysterious General Kirigan, also known as the Darkling, who possesses the ability to control darkness and wield it as a deadly weapon. Since then, Barnes has sustained a career largely oscillating between tiny indie films and supporting roles on sci-fi/fantasy TV series, most recently on HBO’s “Westworld” (as a louche and cruel billionaire’s son) and Netflix’s “The Punisher” (as a tortured and ruthless villain). But “Shadow and Bone” — with a sweeping story of good and evil developed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”) — represents an opportunity the actor hasn’t experienced for more than a decade: A central, showcase character on a series with the potential to become the global sensation “Narnia” wasn’t. (Source:variety.com))
Expect to hear a lot of buzz about Ben Barnes in Shadow and Bone in the coming weeks. The English actor plays the seductive and powerful General Kirigan (aka, the Darkling), a mysterious lynchpin character in the new Netflix fantasy drama based on author Leigh Bardugo’s popular Grishaverse page-turners. For the uninitiated: Shadow and Bone follows a young orphan, Alina Starkov (Jessica Mei Li), in the Russia-inspired land of Ravka who discovers she has a secret power. Kirigan is the leader of an army of sorcerers who sees Alina as the key to saving their war-torn land. Barnes had his breakout role as the titular character in the 2008 fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, then went on to roles in Dorian Gray, Netflix’s The Punisher and HBO’s Westworld.
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l lawyer and litigation partner in the Dallas office, focusing on high-profile and complex disputes in Texas and across the country. A courtroom veteran, Ben has ushered public companies, investment firms, entrepreneurs, and corporate fiduciaries through trials, injunction hearings, and arbitrations. His substantive experience includes energy, corporate governance, antitrust, real estate, and trade secrets disputes. Ben has an active restructuring litigation practice and has represented debtors, creditors, and committees in a number of contested matters and adversary proceedings. He also has considerable experience representing post-confirmation trustees on a contingency or alternative fee basis. (m Ben's superior trial work has earned him recognition from both legal media and his peers. Best Lawyers identified Ben as “One to Watch” in 2021, Texas Super Lawyer has named him a "Rising Star" since 2018, and D Magazine lists him among the best lawyers in Dallas under 40. Ben serves on the board of the American Bar Association Business Torts Litigation Committee and is a barrister in the John C. Ford American Inn of Court. He is on the Board of Advisors of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, his alma matter. (Source:www.kirkland.com))