Kiefer Sutherland to Play Villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii'
by Ben Pearson
March 20, 2013
Former "24" star Kiefer Sutherland hasn't headlined a movie since 2008, instead focusing his career on television projects and trying to find a steady audience for his new Fox series "Touch." There's been talk of a "24" movie for quite some time, but potential director Antoine Fuqua recently revealed that the project was dead, so we've been wondering what kind of role would bring Sutherland back to the big screen, and now that question has been answered. THR reports that Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's disaster movie Pompeii, which takes place in Italy during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Kit Harington (who plays Jon Snow on HBO's "Game of Thrones") will star as a slave named Milo who is in love with his master's daughter. But she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, and Milo is sold to another owner in far away Naples. When Vesuvius blows, Milo travels back to Pompeii to rescue his true love from a corrupt Roman senator to whom she's been promised and to save his friend, a gladiator locked in the coliseum. Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, "Mad Men") will play his master, while Sucker Punch actress Emily Browning will star as the master's daughter and love interest.
Sutherland will don Roman garb to play the corrupt senator, which should be fun to see. Anderson hasn't been as adept at pulling together A-list casts as the more highly praised filmmaker that shares his name, but W.S. was somehow able to get Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz to appear in The Three Musketeers and it looks like he's putting some interesting pieces in place for this projects, as well. The 3D film seems ridiculous already (seriously, a villain in a disaster movie? Isn't the disaster itself a big enough villain?), but perhaps Sutherland can cut loose and have some fun here instead of being so serious all the time. Cool?