Gerard Butler Circling GODS OF EGYPT; Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber Join Tobey Maguire in PAWN SACRIFICE

     September 24, 2013

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Following this year’s Olympus Has Fallen, it appears that Gerard Butler may have found his next project.  Deadline reports that the actor is circling director Alex Proyas’ (I, Robot) fantasy adventure pic Gods of Egypt.  The pic takes place within the world of Egyptian mythology and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) is already set to play Horus, who sets out for revenge against his uncle for killing his father, Osiris.  Butler is in talks to play Set in the pic, the murderous brother of Osiris and a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners.  It’s decidedly fantastical territory and comes just after Proyas’ planned Paradise Lost adaptation was scrapped due to budget issues.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice.

Additionally, the long-in-the-works Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice is casting up ahead of an October production start-date.  Tobey Maguire is onboard to play the child prodigy chess master Bobby Fischer for director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), and now THR reports that Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber are in negotiations to join the cast.  The pic will focus on Fischer’s 1972 showdown with Soviet master Boris Spassky, and Schreiber would play Spassky while Sarsgaard would play a priest who became a close confidant of Fischer’s during his winning streak.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) penned the screenplay for Pawn Sacrifice, and this film will rise out of years of development hell to get in front of cameras next month in Montreal.  MICA Entertainment is producing.

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