The Hollywood Reporter have just confirmed Latino Reviews scoop that Jake Gyllenhaal will play the lead role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. They also report that upcoming Bond girl and full time eye candy Gemma Arterton has been rewarded the lead female role.
Gyllenhaal will play the Prince of Persia himself, Prince Dastan, who joins forces with feisty and exotic princess Tamina, played by Arterton. Together they have to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Gyllenhaal doesn’t look identical to Prince Dastan, but I think he will be great in the role. If Disney are going to put $170+ million behind a film, with hope of a trilogy, you need a name in there. Plus Gyllenhaal hasn’t had a franchise yet, so now is his time.
Gemma Arterton’s career has sky-rocketed over the past few months. This time last year nobody knew who she was, and to date she has only completed two films, with a couple more on the way, one of which is Quantum of Solace. Landing the role of a Bond girl no doubt caused Jerry Bruckheimer to sit up and take notice, and he has now got the latest ‘hot talent’ in his next big franchise after Pirates of the Caribbean.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will being production in July!