THE RING star Martin Henderson is to play heart-throb character MR DARCY in a musical version of Pride And Prejudice.

The native New Zealander will be joined by stunning Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in the upcoming movie helmed by Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.

In the new big-screen version of JANE AUSTEN's classic novel, Mr Darcy is an American student living in London, who goes to India for his friend's wedding - where he meets LALITA (Rai) and they fall in love.