It’s the English hunk vs. the Aussie spunk in a veritable clash of two similarly-themed rival projects about famed ancient Greek warriors.
Henry Cavill (“The Tudors,” “Stardust”) has signed on and Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation,” “Somersault”) is in negotiations for Relativity’s “War of the Gods” and Warner Bros. “Clash of the Titans” remake respectively says the trades.
The casting kicks off a race to be first on the market with their projects, echoing 2004’s rivalry between sword-and-sandals efforts “Troy” and “Alexander”. In that case while neither proved well reviewed, the earlier “Troy” pulled in an astounding $500 million global haul which easily trounced Alexander’s notably disappointing $167 million take.
The $85-million ‘War’ is the story of Theseus in ancient Greece, though there’s been no confirmation yet if the Minotaur and the labyrinth will be involved. That project will be directed by Tarsem Singh (“The Cell,” “The Fall”), and gets underway on filming in February.
The $70-million ‘Titans’ is a remake of the classic 1984 adventure which dealt with the legend of Greek warrior Perseus who sets off to stop the sacrifice of his beloved Princess Andromeda by killing and bringing back the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Though set up first, it won’t start filming until April under the helm of Louis Leterrier (“The Transporter,” “The Incredible Hulk”).
In spite of different plots, both Greek-themed films will be shot with the green-screen technique most notably used in Zach Snyder’s “300” which allows for an epic sized film to be shot on a budget.
Though not yet household names, 25-year-old Cavill and 32-year-old Worthington have already carved out established resumes in their home countries and stand poised to make it big in the States in coming years. Coincidentally both were amongst the top-tier of finalists for high profile roles in 2006 – Cavill for Superman and Worthington for James Bond with both roles going ultimately to Brandon Routh and Daniel Craig.