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Negotiating to play bad

india Updated: May 15, 2010 00:55 IST
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Hollywood legend Anthony Hopkins is in the final stages of negotiations to play evil sorcerer Pharotu in upcoming period epic Arabian Nights.

He is in talks to play the bad man in the film, which follows a young commander who teams up with Sinbad, Ali Baba and a genie when his king is murdered.

Australian hunk Liam Hemsworth will play the young leader as the group battle to rescue his queen, Scheherazade, according to Hollywood Reporter website.

However, the movie will see Hopkins’ evil alter-ego kill Sinbad’s mermaid lover and search for more magic and power of his own.

Shooting on the movie is expected to start at the end of the summer. Production will be overseen by Bill Johnson from Inferno and Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray from Mayhem Pictures.