Sword and Sandal Update: Kiefer Sutherland to Play Villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's 3-D 'Pompeii'

Sword and Sandal Update: Kiefer Sutherland to Play Villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's 3-D 'Pompeii'
The success of "Gladiator," "300" and HBO's "Rome" and "Game of Thrones" have made sword and sandal pictures acceptable again. (Maybe producers should remember "The Immortals," "Alexander," "Prince of Persia," "Troy" and "Clash of the Titans.") Noam Murro's "300: Rise of an Empire," reprising Rodrigo Santoro as Frank Miller's Xerxes, is due August 2. Bret Rattner is developing a "Hercules" movie to star Dwayne Johnson for MGM and Paramount. Sony is prepping a major "Cleopatra" starring Angelina Jolie; Ang Lee is checking out Eric Roth's script. Now TV star Kiefer Sutherland is in final talks to star as the villain in "Pompeii," a 3-D Roman disaster movie with Paul W.S. Anderson at the helm. So Sutherland will play... Mount Vesuvius? Kidding aside, the film is set in 79 A.D., days before the infamous volcanic eruption that would level the eponymous city. Sutherland will play a Roman senator who enslaves a village,
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