Jake Gyllenhaal Offered Prince of Persia?

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Coming on the heels of pretty solid news that Orlando Bloom will, in fact, NOT be the lead in Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming “Prince of Persia” mega movie and franchise starter, comes this rumor from Latino Review that they heard the offer has gone out to Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured, below) to play Dastan (pictured, left), the lead in “Prince”. But, LR cautions, news is that Gyllenhaal is currently gimpy from a basketball injury, so how will that affect his role as the parkour-leapin’ Prince of Persia?

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…Jake has been sporting crutches lately in public because he hurt his ankle playing basketball. Now I don’t know the severity of his injury and it doesn’t seem that bad since the he just got back from vacationing in Mexico with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon.

The complication is that I don’t know how much more time Jake is going to need to heal because if you read my script review “HERE”, the role is very physical. Lots of Parkour involved and I don’t know if Disney feels like waiting for Jake to heal his ankle. Then again, they might get Jake one hell of a stunt double so let’s see.

Like his sister Maggie, I really don’t see what all the big fuss is about the Gyllenhaals. He’s a good actor for dramas and indie thrillers, but the lead in a potential mainstream action movie franchise? Jerry Bruckheimer is a smart businessman, and I can’t see him doing something like this. Seriously? Jake Gyllenhaal as an action hero who will have to commit to a franchise? I just don’t see it.

But then again, if you were to ask me a few years ago if Johnny Depp would make a good lead for a mainstream action movie franchise, I’d tell you No, too, so what do I know.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia

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  • Bruce Darren Acosta

    ANY ACTOR COULD BE THE PRINCE OF PERSIA.

    Who gives a damn if Jake Gyllenhaal is the prince or if any actor
    could play the prince its up to the filmmakers to decide who would be the Prince Of Persia.
    Jason Behr of the Skinwalkers fame would look the part for the movie,it could be a good movie if any actor can play the prince in the film.

    Thank you.
    BRUCE ACOSTA
    AUSTRALIA.

  • Bruce Darren Acosta

    ANY ACTOR COULD BE THE PRINCE OF PERSIA.

    Who gives a damn if Jake Gyllenhaal is the prince or if any actor
    could play the prince its up to the filmmakers to decide who would be the Prince Of Persia.
    Jason Behr of the Skinwalkers fame would look the part for the movie,it could be a good movie if any actor can play the prince in the film.

    Thank you.
    BRUCE ACOSTA
    AUSTRALIA.

  • Nick

    I think the guy who played Prince Caspian would be much better choice. He’s young, handsome, and looks middle eastern. I don’t understand why they chose Jake. He has wrinkles for goodness sake and he’s just too American!

  • Nick

    I think the guy who played Prince Caspian would be much better choice. He’s young, handsome, and looks middle eastern. I don’t understand why they chose Jake. He has wrinkles for goodness sake and he’s just too American!

  • Scarlet

    Ok. I’m a bit confused. Jake is not good looking for this role. I will not enjoy seeing him half naked and don’t get me started with him doing martial arts. Jake is a character actor not an Action Star. I’m sure they will make a lot of money once this movie comes out, but you can be sure it will NOT be because of Jake. They are lucky to have casted Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley, if it weren’t for them I am sure nobody would care for Jake. He is a great actor, but not an Action Star. They must be doing some type of MAGIC in Morocco to make this guy look slightly Persian. Also, nobody mentions the girl playing his love interest. Hello? She supposed to be INDIAN not English. This girl is far from Exotic, but once again this is Hollywood. IT is all fake. They will do anything to make them both look the part. Who cares though, no matter how much they fix them we all know under all that stuff it’s still Jake and some Bond girl from England.

    P.S. Jake if you are reading this. No heart feelings. You are an amazing actor, but I am Persian and I think it would have been nice to give the opportunity to a Persian actor and an Indian Actress.

  • Scarlet

    Ok. I’m a bit confused. Jake is not good looking for this role. I will not enjoy seeing him half naked and don’t get me started with him doing martial arts. Jake is a character actor not an Action Star. I’m sure they will make a lot of money once this movie comes out, but you can be sure it will NOT be because of Jake. They are lucky to have casted Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley, if it weren’t for them I am sure nobody would care for Jake. He is a great actor, but not an Action Star. They must be doing some type of MAGIC in Morocco to make this guy look slightly Persian. Also, nobody mentions the girl playing his love interest. Hello? She supposed to be INDIAN not English. This girl is far from Exotic, but once again this is Hollywood. IT is all fake. They will do anything to make them both look the part. Who cares though, no matter how much they fix them we all know under all that stuff it’s still Jake and some Bond girl from England.

    P.S. Jake if you are reading this. No heart feelings. You are an amazing actor, but I am Persian and I think it would have been nice to give the opportunity to a Persian actor and an Indian Actress.

  • alina

    I think he suits perfectly!
    Yes,he doesn’t look persian but prince in the game does neither !
    (he has blue eyes and light brown straight hair ,long face .If makers of the game want him look really arabic he would have wider face, curly hair darker hair skin and eyes)Well ‘Persian ‘is in title but he game was made in Canada .People just tend to liken alien cultures to their own eg.europeans and americans will always make things look more western-like.

  • alina

    I think he suits perfectly!
    Yes,he doesn’t look persian but prince in the game does neither !
    (he has blue eyes and light brown straight hair ,long face .If makers of the game want him look really arabic he would have wider face, curly hair darker hair skin and eyes)Well ‘Persian ‘is in title but he game was made in Canada .People just tend to liken alien cultures to their own eg.europeans and americans will always make things look more western-like.

  • sunni chibai

    Jake Gyllenhaal? Prince of Persia? Sometimes I am flabbergasted at the stupidity and ignorance of these Hollywood producers. There’s a reason why he was great in brokeback and jarhead. That’s because he plays the typical hick/redneck/cowboy/marine so well. I must admit, as an avid fan of the videogame in my younger years, I am tremendously disappointed that they are attempting to make this all-american white-boy a PERSIAN!!!??? Do Hollywood producers even know what a Persian looks like????

    It’s a shame… I think they were on the right track to begin with. They initially cast Hrithik Roshan as Dastan, but he turned the role down because he did not want to sell out to Hollywood and wants to remain a Bollywood actor for the rest of his career. He is so much more handsome and masculine for the part than Jake, not to mention he is a WICKED action-movie star. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself:
    http://www.housefull.in/wallpapers/hrithik-roshan/hrithik_roshan-1.jpg

    AT LEAST HE LOOKS SLIGHTLY PERSIAN!!

    If you’ve ever seen his movies he is an amazing dancer with perfect athletic build and silky-smooth movements. And if you have ever played the videogame, you will understand that the role requires flawless fluidity of body movement. As far as I’m concerned, Jake Gyllenhaal is a stiff, US-marine-type roided-up American who looks nothing like a Persian. I can think of at least 10 – 15 other actors I would have struck off the list before I got to him.

  • sunni chibai

    Jake Gyllenhaal? Prince of Persia? Sometimes I am flabbergasted at the stupidity and ignorance of these Hollywood producers. There’s a reason why he was great in brokeback and jarhead. That’s because he plays the typical hick/redneck/cowboy/marine so well. I must admit, as an avid fan of the videogame in my younger years, I am tremendously disappointed that they are attempting to make this all-american white-boy a PERSIAN!!!??? Do Hollywood producers even know what a Persian looks like????

    It’s a shame… I think they were on the right track to begin with. They initially cast Hrithik Roshan as Dastan, but he turned the role down because he did not want to sell out to Hollywood and wants to remain a Bollywood actor for the rest of his career. He is so much more handsome and masculine for the part than Jake, not to mention he is a WICKED action-movie star. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself:
    http://www.housefull.in/wallpapers/hrithik-roshan/hrithik_roshan-1.jpg

    AT LEAST HE LOOKS SLIGHTLY PERSIAN!!

    If you’ve ever seen his movies he is an amazing dancer with perfect athletic build and silky-smooth movements. And if you have ever played the videogame, you will understand that the role requires flawless fluidity of body movement. As far as I’m concerned, Jake Gyllenhaal is a stiff, US-marine-type roided-up American who looks nothing like a Persian. I can think of at least 10 – 15 other actors I would have struck off the list before I got to him.