Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace,” “Hitman”) has joined the $130 million Chinese 3D underwater feature “Empires of the Deep” reports Screen Daily.
Set in Ancient Greece, the story follows a young man (Steve Polites) who travels to an underwater kingdom in order to save his father. Along the way he encounters monsters, demons and full on mermaid battles.
Kurylenko plays the Queen of the Mermaid Empire. Chinese actress Yanfei Shi also stars while Anthony Arendt (“Avatar”) has come onboard to consult on the 3D stereography.
Frank Randall and Jon Jiang penned the script with a second instalment already penned and the third in treatment. Several directors have been involved including Michael French, Jonathan Lawrence and Pitof.
Shooting has been underway in Beijing, the Fujian province and Greece for six months with a month left to go. A 2011 release is planned.