A few days ago, someone somewhere heard a rumor from someone they knew or maybe didn’t know, and somehow it ended up as this: Orlando Bloom (pictured, left) has been cast in a multi-film deal worth over $40 million smackeroos as the Prince in uber producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s movie adaptation of the videogame “The Prince of Persia” for Disney. As it turns out, this wasn’t the case, says Walk Disney, who told ComingSoon.net themselves, which, er, pretty much puts the kibosh on that little tidbit.
Walt Disney Pictures, however, tells ComingSoon.net that there is no truth to these rumors.
What we do know so far is that Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is expected to start shooting Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soon at Pinewood Studios in the UK and in Morocco as well. Jerry Bruckheimer instead is producing the film, which the studio is targeting for a June 19, 2009 release.
This brings up an interesting question: who SHOULD be the Prince of Persia?
I personally think Orlando Bloom might have been a great choice, and it’s curious that the studio seemed to balk at the news, as if Bloom was a leper or something. He was woefully miscast in “Kingdom of Heaven”, granted, but given a fluff piece of mainstream entertainment as the “Prince” movies would surely be, you could do worst than Bloom. And besides, with Bruckheimer’s name attached, it’s not as if it’ll matter who stars. This thing has franchise written all over it.
But if not Bloom, then who?