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The man formerly known as Jack Bauer, who is currently starring in Fox’s “Touch” (though who knows how much longer that show’s going to last), has signed up to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii”.
Sutherland joins “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington, who will play the film’s lead, “a slave stuck on a ship who must race against time to save his true love, his master’s daughter, as well as his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum when the destruction begins.”
“Mad Men’s” Jared Harris will play the master, while “Sucker Punch’s” Emily Browning will play Harington’s love interest.
Sutherland will play “a Roman senator who enslaved Harington’s village. The scheming senator forces the merchant to give his daughter’s hand in marriage to him.”
In other casting news, “Haywire’s” Michael Angarano (he recently played the guy in the diner who tough chick Gina Carano takes hostage in the movie, remember?) has been added to the cast of Simon West’s “Heat”.
He joins Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara on the action film, a remake of the 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds. The remake, like the original, will be based on a novel by William Goldman, who will adapt from his own novel once again.
Statham will star in the film as Nick, a “recovering gambling addict working as a for-hire tough guy”. Angarano will play Cyrus Kinnick, “a tech billionaire who hires Nick as a bodyguard and gambling tutor.”
And finally, “Dark City’s” Rufus Sewell has joined the cast of Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” movie, which will star Dwayne Johnson as the titular musclebound hero.
After renouncing his mythological origins, Hercules lives in exile and fights as a mercenary for hire alongside his loyal but weary comrades. Hercules and his crew will face their most challenging labor yet when one battle forces the man behind the myth to question everything he once believed, and reconsider the truth behind his own legend.
Sewell will play Autolycus in the film, which is currently scheduled for July 25, 2014. It is one of two “Hercules” movies currently in production.
This wouldn’t be the first time Sewell has picked up sword and sandals. He previously played Agamemnon in the 2003 TV mini-series “Helen of Troy”.