Sam Worthington Leading Leterrier's Clash of the Titans
by Alex Billington
November 6, 2008
Two new ancient Greek casting announcements today, both of which should be interesting. First up, Henry Cavill, the young lad who played the main character Humphrey in Stardust, has joined Tarsem Singh's War of the Gods as the lead. Second, up-and-coming Australian actor Sam Worthington will join Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans remake as the lead character Perseus. These two casting announcements were made together because Hollywood Reporter and Variety are both caught up in the "race" between these two similar projects, although to me it seems like each will be its own unique thing in the end.
The production "race" between Gods and Titans is being compared to that of Troy and Alexander back in 2004, although both of these projects have a lot more good things going for them, starting with the directors. No need to go over all the creative details on each, but neither seems to have an upper hand. Gods will start shooting in February with a $85 million budget; Titans will start shooting in April with a $70 million budget. Although Tarsem's film starts shooting earlier, that doesn't instantly guarantee it'll be out earlier - both films will have a lost of post-production and CGI work left to do after they finish shooting.
Given I'm a big fan of Clash of the Titans, I've got a bit more to say about Worthington than Cavill. I've heard some interesting stories about him, but considering both James Cameron and McG liked him enough to cast him in huge roles in their big budget films, I'm sure that means he's a great actor. He at least seems like he'd be a formidable modern Perseus in my mind (see above photo). What do you think?