'Divergent' actor takes part in 'The Moon and the Sun'

Ben Lloyd-Jones, who plays Will in imminent fiction-to-film blockbuster "Divergent," is down for the role of Jean-Michel Lintillac in Chinese-American production "The Moon and the Sun."

Screen star Robert Pattinson went from playing Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter" to Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," before cementing himself as a versatile leading man; "Divergent" actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes could follow a similar trajectory with "The Moon and the Sun."

Set in 17th century France with Pierce Brosnan installed as The Sun King, Louis XIV, the film is based on Vonda N. McIntyre's 1997 fantasy romance.

Determined to become immortal, the King's endless reign is dependent upon the imprisonment of a mermaid (played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing of "X-Men: Days of Future Past").

But Louis's plans are put in danger when his daughter (British-Brazilian actress Kaya Scodelario, "The Maze Runner") discovers the mermaid's whereabouts.

"The Moon and the Sun" won the highly esteemed Nebula Award in 1998. Know who else was up for that? George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones."

Also present are Bill Nighy ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1," Davy Jones in "Pirates of the Caribbean") and Benjamin Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter").

Sean McNamanra of "Soul Surfer" directs; a 2015 release is anticipated, notes The Hollywood Reporter.