Sir Ben Kingsley is apparently itching to be in as many films as humanly possible. He’s currently filming Ender’s Game, he’s set to play the villain in Iron Man 3 which begins shooting next month, he’ll film the crime thriller Cut Bank this fall, and he recently signed on to star in the indie sci-fi comedy Convention. Now comes word that Kingsley will star alongside Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Payne (Luck), and Olivier Martinez (S.W.A.T.) in the medieval period drama The Physician. The film is based on Noah Gordon’s novel and centers on a healer traveling across Europe in the 11th century.
Payne will take the lead role of Rob Cole, a physician searching for “the scientific truth of illness and healing in a medieval world dominated by religion and superstition.” Kingsley will play the so-called “doctor of all doctors” while Skarsgard will play Cole’s first mentor. Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis for the book.