Welsh heartthrob Aneurin Barnard splashes about on the set of Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box


Plunging straight into the action! Welsh heartthrob Aneurin Barnard splashes about on set of Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box

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01:04 GMT, 10 May 2012

It's been tipped to be the 'new Harry Potter'.

So there's certainly a lot riding on the cast of Jonathan Newman's forthcoming film, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.

And Welsh heartthrob Aneurin Barnard, who has taken on the lead role of Mariah, certainly looked as though he was plunging enthusiastically into filming today in Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall.

Making a splash: Aneurin Barnard plunged enthusiastically into filming Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box alongside co-star Mella Caron in Charlestown Harbour in Cornwall today

Making a splash: Aneurin Barnard plunged enthusiastically into filming Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box alongside co-star Mella Caron in Charlestown Harbour in Cornwall today

The 24-year-old, who has previously
appeared in Elfie Hopkins, Hunky Dory and Ironclad, was seen splashing
around in the water with co-star Lella Caron, who plays his companion
Sacha.

The story,
based on the book by G.P Taylor, follows 17 year old Mariah, whose world
is torn apart when his parents suddenly disappear and unknown
assailants kidnap his younger brother Felix.

With only mysterious stranger Captain Charity to help him, Mariah follows a trail to the majestic Prince Regent hotel.

Next big thing The film has been tipped by some to be the 'new Harry Potter'

Next big thing The film has been tipped by some to be the 'new Harry Potter'

Barnard recently gushed over his
enthusiasm for the film, saying: 'I am playing the title role of Mariah
Mundi, so I have to really drive through the movie. It's going to be
fun, it's got a great cast.'

Aneurin
appears to have no qualms about whether he can handle the major role,
as he added: 'It's a nice, big-budget movie – 25 million US dollars.'

'It's
not easy to be in the lead and hopefully I can try to prove that. I
want to be one of those actors from the good old days, when they tried
to be credible and be different in every movie.'

Swashbuckling adventure: The story follows 17 year old Mariah whose world is torn apart when his parents suddenly disappear and unknown assailants kidnap his younger brother Felix

Swashbuckling adventure: The story follows 17 year old Mariah whose world is torn apart when his parents suddenly disappear and unknown assailants kidnap his younger brother Felix

If all goes well Aneurin
may find himself catapulted into Hollywood, experiencing a career leap
similar to that Daniel Radcliffe saw thanks to the Harry Potter films.

Aneurin
appears less than enamoured of Hollywood however, as he explained: 'I'd
go there to work. I don't know if I could live in Hollywood, I could
live in New York.'

Confident: Aneurin appears to have no qualms about whether he can handle the major role, as he has said 'It's a nice, big-budget movie - 25 million US dollars'

Confident: Aneurin appears to have no qualms about whether he can handle the major role, as he has said 'It's a nice, big-budget movie – 25 million US dollars'

'I'm a firm believer in British films and business, so I'll always be in the UK – but it would be nice to have a few holiday homes.'

Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Keeley Hawes and Ioan Gruffudd are also starring in Jonathan Newman's film, which is due to be released next year.

Historic setting: The harbour was certainly the perfect backdrop for the period scene

Historic setting: The harbour was certainly the perfect backdrop for the period scene