Aneurin Barnard is set to take the title role in Mariah Mundi and The Midas Box the film adaptation of G.P Taylor's novel, and the first film in a potential franchise.
The film is to be directed by Jonathan Newman (Foster) and is set to start shooting at the end of this month in Bristol and Bath. It will also star Keeley Hawes as Mariah's mother Catherine, and Ioan Gruffudd as his father Charles, Sam Neill as Luger, along with Michael Sheen and Lena Headey.
24 year old Aneurin (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), won an Olivier award in 2010 for best actor in a musical for his West End debut as Melchoir in musical Spring Awakening after graduating from RWCMD in 2008, and has since had a busy couple of years with roles in Hunky Dory, starring as David Bailey in BBC4's We'll Take Manhattan, and he will next be seen in Elfie Hopkins, out later this month.
Casting of Mariah's younger brother Felix, and hotel maid love interest Sacha is still to be announced.
Seventeen year old Mariah Mundi's world is torn apart when his parents suddenly disappear, leaving him to fend for himself and his brother Felix. When unknown assailants kidnap his younger sibling, he's left with no choice but to unite with the strange adventurer 'Captain Charity' and take off in pursuit. The trail leads them away from the smog of Victorian London to the mysterious Prince Regent, a majestic hotel on a small Island at the furthest edge of the Empire. Inside it's lavish exterior lays an amazing and unusual steam powered world, beyond Mariah's wildest dreams. But beneath the many floors of the luxurious hotel lurks a secret and sinister underworld filled with Villains, Child catching creatures and an extraordinary box that turns everything to gold. Mariah, with the help of the illusive Charity must discover the secrets of the hotel to save his brother and unravel the truth behind his parents disappearance...