Gyllenhaal, Atherton to Star in Prince of Persia

Last month, the boys at Latino Review floated a rumor that uber producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney had extended an offer to Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured, left) to play the lead in his big screen adaptation of the “Prince of Persia” videogame. That was over a month ago, and no official word has yet come out to confirm or deny the report. That is, until now. Granted, I would have liked a more solid source for this particular news, but we can’t always get what we want.

From E! Online comes news that Gyllenhaal has landed the role, and Bond girl Gemma Atherton will be joining him to boot:

Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as the titular royal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a joint Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer produced film adapted from the classic video game of the same name.

Joining Gyllenhaal in the fantasy adventure epic is upcoming Bond babe Gemma Arterton. The blue-blooded duo join forces to prevent their royal foe from obtaining the Sands of Time, a gift bequeathed from the gods which allows its possessor to turn back time and, naturally, rule the world.

Gyllenhaal. Huh. I wasn’t sure what to make of it when the rumor was floated last month, and I still don’t now. Can he possibly go from quirky character roles to leading man of a blockbuster franchise? I have absolutely no idea.

Gemma Atherton (pictured, below) on the other hand — hubba hubba.

Update

The Hollywood Reporter has since confirmed the casting. They write:

In the fantasy adventure, Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner and Boaz Yakin wrote the script, which is based on the many games created by Jordan Mechner.

Mike Newell is directing, with production scheduled to start in July.

Gemma Atherton in Prince of Persia