Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Anthony Hopkins As An Evil Sorcerer!!

Merrick here...
Anthony Hopkins looks to be joining Chuck Russell's ARABIAN NIGHTS, alongside Liam Hemsworth. This'll mark Russell's first directorial foray to the big screen since THE SCORPION KING back in 2002 (although he was a producer on Michael Mann's COLLATERAL in 2004).
Written by Russell and Barry P. Ambrose, the period epic centers on a young commander (Liam Hemsworth) who, after his king is murdered in a coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue the queen, Scheherazade. Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.
..says THR HERE. The Scheherezade character has spawned several similarly-themed plot lines, including a 1942 iteration of ARABIAN NIGHTS (HERE), and a shitty Halmi TV thing called ARABIAN NIGHTS (HERE). Rimsky-Korsakov's SCHEHERAZADE suite also touched on some of the same material - 'tis one of my most favorite pieces of music (try it out - starting about 36 seconds into the clip below)...
Wonder if Chuck & Co. will use this music in any way in their new movie? Hopefully it'll be done smartly...
--- Follow Merrick on Twitter! ---

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • May 10, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    No Ghostbuster 3 news?I´m out.......

    by theDannerDaliel

  • May 10, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    also....Is he done on Thor?

    by theDannerDaliel

  • May 10, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Wrong Hemsworth

    by Sacredfun

    Chris Hemsworth is Thor, Liam is his brother.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I hope they cast someone who actually looks Arabian.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • May 10, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Contradictions at Work

    by Dave I

    DannerDaliel's "No Ghostbuster 3 news?I'm out...... Except for another off-topic question about another movie that also ISN'T Ghostbusters 3." I love it.<p><p>Arabian Nights might be interesting. However, Sinbad's girlfriend is/was a mermaid? Hmmm . . . That's pretty bizarre. I really should just read the book sometime.<p><p>-Cheers

  • May 10, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Ok now its getting ridiculous

    by Loveinformant

    Anthony Hopkins does not look 1 bit Arabian! Gaaggghh!! PLS HOLLYWOOD CAST ACCORDING TO ETHNICITY PLEASE!!!

  • May 10, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Hopkins <3 Hemsworths

    by elsewhere

  • May 10, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Hollywood doesn't care

    by cookepuss

    Just watch Willem Dafoe playing a Mexican in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" to see what I mean.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    When is this getting made?

    by sam jacksons wig

    I thought that Hopkins had "The Rite" and "Hemmingway & Fuentes" to make next after Thor? Not that I am bothered- the whole Arabian Fad is a pile of bargain basement shite.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    I can believe Sinbad fucked a mermaid

    by umbral_shadow_

    That horny devil would fuck anything with legs or a tail as long as it was female with big tits. And is ol' Ant going to "black up" for this? At least everyone in The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad TRIED to look arabian, not like Prick Of Persia with Jake and Gemma the most caucasian arabs ever.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Sounds fine

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Will suite Hopkins hammy overacting style down to the ground -- Cox remains the definitive Lector I tells ya.<br /><br />Merrick ditto on the Korsakov...I used to have a fab version done by the London Symphony Orchestra with a great picture of the gorgeous Schezzer on the cover.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Wow, how many white, fair haired, blue eyed actors

    by MobileAccess

    does it take to cast as leads in your movie set in the ancient Middle East, before your movie loses all credibility?? Seriously they don't have to be 100% Arab, just look like it. How bout throwing some bi-racials into the mix? It kind of destroys the illusion when it's a bunch of white people with a bit on spray on tan, and a pseudo-arab accent being sold as something foreign and exotic.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Performance to be sleepily phoned in . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . as with The Wolfman.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Will Hopkins also acts like a diva

    by DarthBakpao

    towards this other Hemsworth like he did to Chris Hemsworth a while ago? If i'm one of those brothers, i'll join my bro and teach this old British a**hole a lesson or two about treating people with respect

  • May 10, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Hopkins does not look Arabian?

    by LordPorkington

    Holy shit! You mean he might have to apply some make-up and 'act' Arabian? Can they do that? What the fuck?!! They can?!! Since when? You mean people who aren't actually astronauts or werewolves have played astronauts or werewolves in movies? Does anybody else know about this? How long has this been going on for?

  • May 10, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Astronauts usually cant act

    by Loveinformant

    and werewolves ....dont exist?

  • May 10, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Breaking News! Denzel Washington to play Abe Lincoln!

    by AJD_1

    You might as well!

  • May 10, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by MobileAccess

    Ok I'll give you Hopkins. He's an experienced actor. But Liam Hemsworth? Google him, he's about as Wasp-y, white bred as it gets.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    What's this? Bruce Willis is Kane? Jamie Foxx is Lynch?

    by theDannerDaliel

    and how does this tie into Ghostbusters 3??

  • May 10, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    But he looks nothing like a High School science teacher

    by gotilk

    ..just read the headline, sorry. (that one's for you, middle America)

  • May 10, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I've known this for years...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    ever since he put a curse on Jodie Foster's tits where they took on a life of their own, and would start singing and slapping people in the face at inopportune moments.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I wonder if people complained

    by thepoohguy

    when Yul Brynner was cast as Pharoah in The Ten Commandments. Yeah, he looked Egyptian, or Asian in The King and I. Please people, Hollywood has been doing this for years. No one complained when Rock Hudson was cast as a straight man. Get over it.

  • May 10, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Persians aren't arabs

    by awardgiver

    dear god, people. Persians are lighter than most arabs...hell they are lighter than most greeks, which makes that stupid 300 movie look all the more racist. Those two sidekicks (one of them was fat)in Clash of the Titans actually looked greek compared with the rest of the cast. That said, it still would be nice to have some dark people in this. Hollywood needs to stop coddling middle america.

  • May 10, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    So he'll play the part made famous by John Steiner

    by ricarleite2

    ... at Simbad of the Seven Seas? "I command you! Budge! BUDGE! HA!"

  • May 10, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Hopkins can do it!

    by TheMcflyFarm

    He's played a black man for fucks sake!

  • May 10, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Is anybody going to freak out. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . if I mention that Al Pacino isn't Puerto Rican?

  • May 10, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    They could CGI Hopkins, like in Beowulf.

    by V'Shael

    Cause that was about as lively as when he phones it in.

  • May 10, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Hopkins doesn't read scripts (he has said so!)

    by manifestchaos

    He just picks movies that sound kind of interesting based on one-sentence synopses when he gets bored or wants some more money. I'm slightly oversimplifying, of course, but he said as much in an interview discussing either HEARTS OF ATLANTIS or that awful looking film he made with Chris Rock (or whoever it was, I paid no attention).

  • May 10, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck that

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    FREEJACK PREQUEL! Full on imax 3D with Hopkins and Mick Jagger hatching their evil plot in the future world of 2008! Hey Hollywood, The people demand it!

  • May 10, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    The 'Scheherazade' character didn't spawn several similarly-themed plot lines. She's the linchpin of the whole thing! Scheherazade tells the stories of The Arabian Nights which include the Sinbad tales. In point of fact the 'shitty' Mili Avital one actually makes an attempt to stick to the basic principle of the stories in which Scheherazade tells the tales to keep herself or her sister Dinazade from being killed by the homicidal king. Because there are 1001 stories it's a bit difficult to do justice to the actual collection itself. The Rimsky Korsakov 'Scheherazade' is however stunning music!

  • May 10, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    Um....I'm sorry, WHAT?!

    by Drath

    This is real? It sounds ridiculous. What's with throwing in people like Sinbad instead of letting them have their own movies? And Hopkins's role sounds so beneath him, it ain't funny. If the movie is done right, it might be darned fun, but how often is something like this usually just as hamfisted crappy as it sounds?

  • May 10, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Like the idea but not the director...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    This should be done by someone with talent, old school Ben Hur cinemascope style. If Scorpian King is any indication then this is going to be familiar in today's Hollywood...a great idea with a half written lazy script with bad cinematography and lotsa hand held videocamera action.

  • May 10, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Switzerland

    OH SO FUCKIN GAY. What, do they only hire retard writers in hollywod now? No wonder all they do is remakes. The writers are fucking retards.

  • May 10, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I didn't know Anthony Hopkins was Arab.

    by johnnyangelheart

    Oh. We're back to having Britishers play all foreigners. Oh well, one accent is as good as another.

  • May 10, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams as the Genie would be awesome

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    But lets face it Sinbad hasn't been good since Necessary Roughness

  • May 10, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Brits as Arabs

    by Skraggo

    Was Tom Baker not sufficiently Arab-ey as the evil sorcerer Koura in "Golden Voyage of Sinbad"? You know it to be true.

  • May 10, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Hopkins does these roles in sleep

    by barnaby jones

  • May 10, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    At least he'll be known as something other than Miley Cyrus' boy

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    ...and Kirk/Thor's little brother

  • May 10, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    ...that should be "Miley Cyrus' boyfriend"

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    damn character limit.... <br><br>...and when will this archaic site get a fucking "edit post" option??? Seriously, they haven't updated this P.O.S. since the 20th century!<br><Br>

  • May 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Let's all jump on the Prince of Persia bandwagon!

    by D.Vader

  • May 10, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Isn't this the same Hopkins bitching about Thor...

    by OutsideChance

    ...because he gets cranky and bored having to sit around on special effects laden sets acting in front of green screens and the like?

  • May 11, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Sinbad? He got work after JINGLE ALL THE WAY??

    by MrMysteryGuest