Slumdog Millionaire’s female lead, Freida Pinto is reportedly locked to star in Dawn Of War, a new Greek action-epic from acclaimed director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, The Cell.)
Variety is reporting that the film will follow the adventures of Theseus, portrayed by The Tudors star Henry Cavill, who is on a quest to prevent a massive war from erupting between the kingdom that he calls home and the staggeringly powerful Titans who hope to harness an army of mystical demons. Pinto will star opposite Cavill as Phaedra, an “oracle priestess” that joins Theseus on his journey.
The script from Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, originally titled War Of The Gods, was considered for Warner Brothers’ Clash Of The Titans remake that is due out in April, but was passed over, allowing Singh the opportunity to grab the screenplay and apply his unique and incredible visual touch to the tale.
In a recent interview with Empire, Singh had this to say about his vision for the project:
“It’s turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club,” he said. “It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool. This guy who I really love, who’s the only one person in it right now, is the brother inThe Tudors, Henry Cavill. I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it.”
Universal Pictures will be producing and releasing the film, and they are hoping to get production underway by this April.