The Hulk director Louis Leterrier's remake of Clash of The Titans appears to be snagging a cast that matches the original for acting talent. The 1981 film starred Harry Hamlin (maybe not him) in the lead role but it also had Laurence Oliver, Maggie Smith and err... former Bond girl Ursula Andress as Greek gods. Variety now reports that Ralph Fiennes and his Schlinder's List co-star Liam Neeson are in negotiations to join Sam Worthington's Perseus, another former Bond girl, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen (Bond villain!), and Alexa Davalos in the forthcoming Warner Bros. film.
In the film, Neeson would play Zeus and Ralph Fiennes would star as Hades, "Lord of the Underworld" which I can assure readers has nothing whatsoever to do with skin tight PVC, Vampires or Werewolves.
The original Ray Harryhausen-produced Clash of the Titans was a childhood favorite of mine and I'm pretty excited by the prospect of a remake - even if deep down I know that it'll never match the magic of the original film. At the very least, it might give children today the same buzz that I got 25 years ago.
Clash of The Titans would be Taken star Neeson's first film since the death of his wife Natasha Richardson in March and it marks something of a busy year for Fiennes who has a packed slate in 2009. The intense actor is scheduled to star alongside Ricky Gervais in The Men at the Pru; cameo in a sequel to Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee; shoot his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and make his directorial debut with William Shakespeare's Coriolanus.
I say Fiennes should stop being so lazy and pack up his schedule even more!
Sam Worthington recently spoke with Empire magazine and said that the rumors that the Titans would be shot on green screen like 300 were totally false and that sets had been constructed for the Greek myth epic.
More Clash of The Titans news as we get it.