Jake Gyllenhaal to star in The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Jake Gyllenhaal will play the titular role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s upcoming flick, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Jake Gyllenhaal photo from Price of Persia movie

Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie

The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, is based on the popular video game of the same name.  This is the story of adventurous Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), an urchin turned prince, who teams up with rival Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to stop an angry ruler (Ben Kingsley) from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. On the way, Dastan gets his hands on the Dagger of Time, a powerful weapon that allows a person to travel backwards in time.

Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and scripted by Boaz Yakin and Jordan Mechner (the creator of the Prince of Persia video game), the Disney adventure will be released in the United States on May 28, 2010.

The Prince of Persia seems to be following in the footsteps of producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean series.

The predominantly British cast, foreign locales, the inclusion of a “wacky miscreant with a heart of gold”  (Alfred Molina’s Sheik Amar mirrors Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow) and the fact that the Prince of Persia will be just the fourth PG-13 film in Walt Disney Studios’ history (the first three were the Pirates movies) indicate that Disney is keen to create another franchise.

Jake Gyllenhaal, who won an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain (2005), and was seen in Zodiac and Rendition (2007) and Brothers (2009), seems to be shifting from indie films to franchise zone.

The 29-year-old actor, who is raving about The Prince of Persia’s dazzle and vintage-movie soul, shows off an amazingly buff bod in the film.

Jake Gyllenhaal said that he “over-prepared, wildly” for the sword-fighting, horse-riding, fist-fighting and rope-climbing and that filming for the film was a rollicking ride. Jake Gyllenhaal also trained in parkour (the sport of running, jumping and climbing over obstacles) to bulk up for the “physical role.”

“I actually jump out of a window and land on the back of my horse, just like in the old movie, Zorro-style,” he said, adding that it was fun to get paid to get tanned and in shape.

Co-star Gemma Arterton, who was recently seen in the Clash of the Titans, thinks her Prince of Persia is a ”fit and funny” man. The British beauty said Jake Gyllenhaal is very serious when it comes to his work and is a perfectionist.

Director Mike Newell, said Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect fit for the Prince of Persia because he has an aura of effortless charm and a boyish sense of wonder. Jake puts a human heart in the middle of a movie that will absolutely need one to connect with the audience, Mike Newell said.

Jake Gyllenhaal will appear in two offbeat comedies this year: David O. Russell’s Nailed and Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs. Gemma Arterton will next be seen in Tamara Drewe, which is based on Posy Simmonds’ comic strip inspired by Far From The Madding Crowd, in 2011. Tamara Drewe is the story of a newspaper columnist who wakes up a small English village with her flirtatious ways.

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