Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations to play the villain in “Arabian Nights,” an action-adventure pic directed by Chuck Russell.
Inferno’s Bill Johnson is producing with Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray of Mayhem Pictures. ROAR also is producing.
Written by Russell and Barry P. Ambrose, the period epic centers on a young commander (Liam Hemsworth) 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.
Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.
An end-of-summer shoot is being eyed.
Inferno is planning a year-end shoot for “The Grey,” an action project to star Bradley Cooper and to be directed by Joe Carnahan. The company will be in Cannes giving buyers updates on its projects and could announce additions to its slate.
Hopkins, repped by UTA and Independent Talent Group, already is known for playing one of the most-feared bad guys in film, Hannibal Lecter. The actor recently wrapped a turn as Odin in Marvel’s “Thor” and is starring in supernatural thriller “The Rite,” shooting in Hungary.