Hopkins Turns Villain For “Arabian Nights”

Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations to play the villain in the 3D action feature “Arabian Nights” for Inferno Entertainment and ROAR says Heat Vision.

The period epic is set in a kingdom which has just been overtaken in a coup which killed the King. Aussie hunk Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song,” “Knowing”) plays a young commander who enlists the help of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin to rescue Queen Scheherazade.

Hopkins plays the evil sorcerer Pharotu who killed Sinbad’s mermaid lover and is seeking to increase his magical powers.

Chuck Russell will direct from a script he co-wrote with Barry P. Ambrose. Bill Johnson, Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce. Filming is aiming to kick off late Summer.