As previously reported about three months ago, Universal has begun work on a third “Scorpion King” movie (originally thought to be titled “The Scorpion King 3: Rise of the Dead”, but it may just be called “The Scorpion King 3” now, though that could change as the release date nears), with Victor Webster stepping in to play the lead, a role originally introduced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the “Mummy” franchise. The film has now officially begun production in Bangkok, Thailand, and will be released as part of Universal’s DVD Originals Line next year. Along with Webster, the cast includes Ron Perlman, Billy Zane, and wrestling guy Dave Bautista.
As The Scorpion King 3 begins, Mathayus has lost his beloved queen and been driven from his former kingdom by a virulent plague. Now, an assassin for hire, Mathayus is dispatched by Horus, the King of Egypt, to protect his ally King Ramusan from imminent attack. In return for his services, he is promised Ramusan’s daughter Silda in marriage, as well as the legendary Eye of the Gods medallion, which imparts supernatural powers to its wearer. But to collect the reward, he will have to first rescue the princess, who is being held captive by Talus, the scheming brother of Horus. Mathayus agrees to the perilous mission, but the evil that lies in wait for him will challenge even his cunning and strength in a staggering test of courage unlike any he has faced before.
The cast includes Victor Webster (“Melrose Place,” Surrogates) as Mathayus; Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” Hellboy 1 and 2) as Horus, the powerful King of Egypt; Billy Zane (“Samantha Who?,” Titanic) as the conniving King Talus; UFC star Kimbo Slice as Zulu Kondo; Bostin Christopher as Mathayus’ comrade-in-arms Olaf (Unbreakable); WWE champion Dave Bautista as Agromael; Selina Lo (28 Weeks Later) as Tsukai; Krystal Vee (Streetfighter: The Legend of Chin-Li) as the beautiful princess Silda and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith) as the ill-fated King Ramusan.
Roel Reine, who recently directed the “Death Race” direct-to-DVD sequel, is directing “The Scorpion King 3”. Look for the DVD sometime in early 2012.