Anthony Hopkins in talks to play villain in ‘Arabian Nights’

So what do you get if you get if you cross Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the Lamp?

Arabian Nights is a new period action adventure tale in development which sees these beloved fantasy characters teaming up with a young commander to rescue the queen Scheherazade.

If Hopkins signs on the dotted line he will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love  and whose goal is to obtain more magic for himself (where come on what evil wizard doesn’t want more magic?).

If this film is half as good as the premise sounds then it’s got my money already. I was a big fan of the old school Sinbad films (especially the one with Tom Baker as the villain) so it would be cool to see a return of this character.

The film will be directed by Chuck Russell and shooting is hoped to begin at the end of summer.

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Heat Vision

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