Originally, Jerry Bruckheimer's The Prince of Persia was to be among the flotilla of summer blockbusters currently moored or en route to box offices around the nation this year. However, last August, the Mike Newell-directed tribute to Ubisoft's Middle Eastern hero was abruptly pushed back a year from its June 19, 2009 release to Memorial Day weekend 2010.
Even before the delay, information on the high-profile film had been limited, with one of the earliest looks being a candid on-set shot of star Jake Gyllenhaal--in Prince garb--walking with girlfriend Reese Witherspoon. Today, however, actual footage of the film has surfaced, courtesy of an ABC interview with Bruckheimer.
The interview, which has been reposted to popular video-sharing site YouTube, features Bruckheimer discussing The Prince of Persia, with action sequences from the film interspersed throughout. Notably, Bruckheimer spared no expense on extras, given that Gyllenhaal is on several occasions shown doing battle with armed guards amid a sea of city dwellers.
The Prince of Persia will also star Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Three and Out), Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast, BloodRayne), and Alfred Molina (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spider-Man 2). As Dastan, Gyllenhaal will attempt to prevent a nefarious nobleman from obtaining the continuum-controlling Sands of Time. Arterton's character, the princess Tamina, will join him on his quest. The film's screenplay was cowritten by Jordan Mechner, creator of the original 1989 Prince of Persia and its sequels.