Anthony Hopkins to Play Mermaid-Killing Sorcerer in ARABIAN NIGHTS

     May 9, 2010

It looks like Anthony Hopkins is going to keep running with crazy roles.  After mauling all the scenery in The Wolfman, he’s playing Odin in Marvel’s Thor, will star as a rebel exorcist in The Rite, and now Heat Vision reports that the actor is in final negotiations to play the villain in Chuck Russell’s action-adventure Arabian Nights.  The film stars Liam Hemsworth as young commander, “who, after his king is murdered in a coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue the queen, Scheherazade.”

Then Heat Vision sells me on this movie completely with this sentence: “Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.”  That should be the tagline.

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