Hopkins to play villain in Arabian Nights

Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play the villain in Arabian Nights.

Helmed by Chuck Russell, the action adventure follows a young commander (Liam Hemsworth) who, after his king is murdered in a coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Genie from the magic lamp to rescue the queen, Scheherazade.

Hopkins will play Pharotu, an evil sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s love, a mermaid, and is looking to amass more magic for himself.

Written by Russell and Barry P. Ambrose, the film is is scheduled to start at the end of the summer.