Usually when you hear news of Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) being attached to a major Hollywood movie, you can just ignore it as a rumor. However, today comes some Worthington casting news that you can put a lot more stock in.
Heat Vision Blog reports that Worthington is attached to star in Quatermain, Dreamworks' sci-fi take on literary hero Allan Quatermain. Not only will Worthington star as the titular hero, he will also make his debut as a producer. He'll be joining producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the project, which is still in the development stages.
Heat Vision Blog gives background on the character:
"Allan Quatermain was the hero of “King’s Solomon’s Mines,” a Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, and its sequel, “Allan Quatermain.” In the first book, Quatermain leads an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines."
This version will differ from the original story, taking place in a time when humans have abandoned Earth and Qautermain returns to embark on an epic adventure that is "planetwide." For some reason that makes me think it will be a mix of WALL-E and Avatar, with a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean adventuring thrown in. I could be wrong, but that's the immediate sense I got.
Quatermain has been played by many actors in film and television over the years, such as Richard Chamberlain, Sean Connery and even Patrick Swayze. No one has portrayed the character exactly as he was written in the original 1885 H. Rider Haggard book; we'll have to wait and see if Worthington's portrayal is faithful to the source material, but with the story being changed so drastically, it's not very likely.
The early script for Quatermain was written by Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica), but that was back when the project was first revealed in early 2009. There's no word if Verheiden's script will be the one that's used or whether they'll bring in someone else to rewrite it. However, Verheiden certainly has enough sci-fi writing experience to be well-suited for this particular Qautermain adaptation.
I know it will probably get to the point where some people are sick of seeing Sam Worthington in all these big Hollywood films (some people already are), but I say he at least has the presence and physical appearance of a suitable leading man. Hopefully he'll play a better Quatermain than Sean Connery did in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen :-P .
What do you think of Worthington possibly playing Allan Quatermain? Is he a good fit for the role or would you rather see someone else?
Worthington is currently filming The Fields and has two movies, Last Night and The Debt, scheduled for releases sometime in 2010.
No word on when we might see Quatermain start filming, or when it will be released in theaters. Stay tuned.