'Divergent' Actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes Joins Pierce Brosnan in 'The Moon and the Sun'

Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Ben Lloyd-Hughes
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Divergent actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes has joined the cast of indie film The Moon and the Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan.

The project, which will begin production at the end of the month, also stars Benjamin Walker, Kaya Scodelario and Fan Bingbing.

Directed by Soul Surfer helmer Sean McNamara, the film is based on Vonda McIntyre's fantasy novel about a beautiful mermaid.

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Brosnan stars as King Louis XIV, who is determined to protect the future of France by reigning for all eternity. His search for immortality leads him to capture and steal the life force from a mermaid (Fan), but soon his 18-year-old illegitimate daughter (Scodelario) discovers the mystical creature and strikes up a friendship with her.

From a script by former 20th Century Fox chairman Bill Mechanic, former Focus CEO James Schamus, Barry Berman and Laura Harrington, The Moon and the Sun is being produced by Mechanic, James Pang, Wei Han, Paul Currie and David Brookwell.

Focus Features will release The Moon and the Sun in the U.S. in 2015. International sales are being handled by Good Universe.

Lloyd-Hughes stars as Will in Summit's hotly anticipated YA adaptation Divergent, which hits theaters March 21. The English actor's previous work includes 2012’s Great Expectations and TV series The Hour. He is repped by CAA, ROAR and the Curtis Brown Group in the U.K.

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