Anthony Hopkins signs on to Arabian Nights

One of our favourite Sirs, Sir Anthony Hopkins, has been recruited to star in Chuck Russell’s Arabian Nights .

Heat Vision report (opens in new tab) that Hopkins is in the last stages of negotiations to play the villain in the sandy action adventure. Russell's last directorial outing was the similarly sandy The Scorpion King .

The Brit star would portray antagonist Pharotu, a character that Heat Vision describe as “an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself”. Works for us!

Hopkins would join Liam Hemsworth on the film. Hemsworth – the brother of Chris, currently making headlines as Thor – plays a young commander who joins Sinbad, Ali Baba and the genie from the lamp after his king is murdered. Together, they embark on a mission to rescue Queen Scheherazade.

Seventy-three-year-old Hopkins is also currently appearing opposite Liam’s brother Chris in Thor as Odin, and is set to appear as a rebel exorcist (awesome) in The Rite .

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