According to The Hollywood Reporter Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Prince of Persia movie will star Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow) as Dastan, a young prince in 6th century Persia.
Gyllenhaal will star alongside Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) as Tamina, a feisty and exotic princess. In the movie, Dastan and Tamina must join forces to prevent a villainous nobleman from taking control of the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that will allow its possessor to rule the world.
“We’ve been fairly fortunate with some our leading ladies,” said Bruckheimer. “Some of them have gone on to become major movie stars, going back to Nicole Kidman in a movie I did a long time ago called ‘Days of Thunder’ to Keira Knightley out of (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’).”
Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will direct with filming scheduled to begin this July in Morocco and England.
Although the movie’s budget hasn’t been announced, Bruckheimer has stated, “It’s not one of our smaller productions”.