What do you get when you mix medieval Persia, an evil vizier, an hourglass trickling sand that has the power to transform an entire village into demons, and a dagger that can reverse the flow of time? According
to Disney's upcoming release schedule, the answer is Jake Gyllenhaal.
A bearded and shirtless Gyllenhaal will storm the big screen as Prince
Dastan in Jerry Bruckheimer's (Pirates of the Carribean) film
adaption of the 2003 Ubisoft game Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time. Ubisoft's game is a rebooted version of Jordan Mechner's 1989 MS-DOS and Macintosh game, Prince of Persia. The film, directed by Mike Newell, will be released May 28, 2010.
Joining Gyllenhaal as Nizam the evil Vizier is the poly-national talent himself, Ben Kingsley, in his (nearly) signature villain role. Kingsley
has played a character of Iranian descent before, in The House of Sand and Fog. He's also played characters of Indian, Eastern European, Jewish and British background.
In a sly marketing move, Bruckheimer placed posters advertising the
2010 film around Time Square in his latest film, Confessions of a
Prince of Persia may not be as meditative a story of time-travel as
former Gyllenhaal film Donnie Darko, but, judging by Bruckheimer's list of blockbusters, its chances for big-hit status are high.
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