Jake Gyllenhaal is finally entering into the (potential) franchise business. He has been cast in the lead role of the big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The fantasy adventure comes from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, so expect lots of Pirates of the Caribbean-like, well, fantasy and adventure. Mike Newell, who tried his hand at such endeavors with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is set to direct the picture, due to start filming this summer.
Joining Jake will be newcomer Gemma Arterton, who will first be seen this fall opposite Daniel Craig in a little movie called Quantum of Solace.
UPDATE: Disney has pushed this back from a June 2009 release date to Memorial Day 2010.