American actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast in the leading role in the motion picture adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, writes The Hollywood Reporter. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film, which is based on the best-selling Ubisoft game of the same title and slated for a summer 2009 opening, is set to begin shooting this July.
Gyllenhaal will wield the temporal powers of the sands of time as sixth century Persian Prince Dastan. Working together with the enigmatic Princess Tamina played by British actress Gemma Arterton, Dastan must prevent an ill-intentioned nobleman from seizing the sands of time.
Direct any and all future comments regarding the adaptation to Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner who helped pen the screenplay, joining writers Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, and Boaz Yakin. Mechner, who created the series way back in 1989, was involved intimately in the game's revival on which the film is based. He collaborated with Ubisoft in 2003 to release Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube.
Final casting for the starring role comes after months of speculation. From 28 Days Later lead Cillian Murphy to elven heartthrob Orlando Bloom and even a few fresh faces, Gyllenhaal emerges as the actor with the honor of swathing himself in the Prince's robes. A costume change should come easily for the award-winning actor whose previous roles include gay cowboy Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain and an emotionally disturbed teen in Donnie Darko.
In the wait for the movie, look forward to playing through a reinterpretation of the adventure series later this year when Ubisoft releases Prince of Persia Prodigy on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.