Kiefer Sutherland Cast as the Villain in Pompeii 0

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Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming sword and sandals action epic Pompeii has just snagged a high-profile name as its villain, with Kiefer Sutherland reportedly being cast as play the film’s primary antagonist.

Pompeii is set in the titular city during the Mount Vesuvius eruption, with the film following a slave (played by Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington) who falls in love with his master’s daughter. Unfortunately for the lovers, the daughter was already promised to a corrupt Roman senator (possibly played by Kiefer Sutherland). To add to their bad luck, there’s also the volcanic eruption looming, but of course they don’t know that.

Directed by Anderson and co-starring Jared Harris as Harrington’s master, Pompeii is slated for a 2014 release in the UK.