Anthony Hopkins to Play Evil Sorcerer in "Arabian Nights" 


Anthony Hopkins is in final negotiations to play the villain in "Arabian Nights," The Hollywood Reporter exclusively learned. Chuck Russell is attached to direct the action-adventure from a script he co-wrote with Barry R. Ambrose.

Liam Hemsworth is set to play a young commander who joins Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue Queen Scheherazade. Hopkins will star as Pharotu, a maniacal sorcerer who murdered Sinbad's love, a mermaid, and he wants more magic!

Production is set to start shooting end-of-summer.

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