This article was posted by an IMDB user in gh forum, since the source, Variety isn’t found we will treat this as a rumour.
Minghella Just Says No To Persia

Actor turns down Bruckheimer blockbuster


HOLLYWOOD- Big budget blockbuster “Prince Of Persia”, the Mike Newell helmed film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, has been turned down by its first choice for the lead role of “Dastan”. The much talked about video game based pic skedded to lens this Summer in Morocco and slated as an ’09 tentpole for Disney has been searching through every A list actor in town, finding Max Michael Minghella as the front runner.

The Armenian born, UK raised actor was not available for comment, and industry insiders are abuzz with why any thesp would turn down such a star making role.
Minghella’s agent Todd Thompson of CAA issued a brief statement earlier today amidst the barrage of internet and industry speculation. ” Maxie’s got moxie, and he never backs down. His vision of a successful career is not about playing ridiculous fantasy based characters like Superman or the Prince of Persia or any other such nonsense. He is busy working on a film now, and has a passion project in the works after that. Deal with it.”
Calls left with Bruckheimer and Disney were not returned.

Minghella is currently in production along with Rachel Weisz in Malta for Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora”. Although his representatives declined to comment, rumors in town suggest said passion project may be a star making turn nonetheless.
“I Furnish This Land”, the controversial biopic of Armenian cultural icon Farhad Farhoudi is rumored to be circling Minghella to star.

Farhoudi was a poor Yerevan based apprentice furniture retailer in the early 80’s who lead his country to revolution and later became their most beloved pop star, famous for hits like “I’m arm deep in Armenia” and “Labor day’s over, no more sale”. The actor’s Armenian heritage might suggest his reasoning in choosing “Furnish” over the Bruckheimer project.

American actor Garrett Hedlund, famous for roles in “Troy”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Four Brothers”, and a recent ad campaign for Swedish underwear brand “MMansperson Åska” (Male Thunder), is said to be the next choice to play the Prince.

Minghella is repped by CAA, Hedlund by Endeavor and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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09 Apr, 2008

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Comment by Belgske
In April 9, 2008 @ 9:00 am

Wow!!! I like the game, but I hope Bruckheimer can get this movie to rock like he has done with Pirates. Never easy to turn a game into film, thinking back of the final fantasy efforts that failed quite miserably. I'll be rooting for Garrett, he'd make a hunky prince… :kiss: :tongue:


Comment by holly
In April 9, 2008 @ 11:14 am

The article is fake.


Comment by Belgske
In April 9, 2008 @ 11:25 am

Maybe you're right, but one can dream and hope… :smile:


Comment by holly
In April 9, 2008 @ 11:51 am

Half of the article (only part of it is posted here) is about Max Minghella being Armenian-born, playing some pop star that sounds like Borat… he's not of Armenian heritage, his heritage is Italian and Chinese, and he was born in the UK. Just sayin.


Comment by Kristen
In April 9, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

I think the article was…..meh but someone sent me a link to an article that said Orlando was playing the Prince of Persia.


Comment by Elle
In April 9, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

The rumor looks like Gyllenhaal has been offered the part sia-orlando-bloom-is-not/


Comment by Kristen
In April 9, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

Oh Jake Gyllenhaal. Hmmm…. cool LOL


Comment by Lauren
In April 9, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

Garrett has always said he will only do good films he doesn't want to do films that will give him a young fan base so why would he do a disney film when he's currently filming hectic also has he really done a swedish underwear campaign if so i would love to see it i think its aload of bollocks


Comment by Liv
In April 9, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

I don't think that kind of movie would give him just a young fan base. There're a lot of adults who enjoy this kind of movie. I'd be interesting, in my opinion, to see that. And yeah, I'm also wondering about that enderwear campaign!


Comment by Liv
In April 9, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

oops! I meant underwear! lol


Comment by hannah
In April 9, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

i know minghella and garrett are friends.. but i'm more interested in this swedish underwear campaign. i don't know, garrett doesn't seem the type to model underwear.


Comment by Elle
In April 9, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

Hannah, it looks like it's fake story, both the role and the underwear ads


Comment by Isidora
In April 9, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

i think its fake and the rumors about Orlando Bloom are also fake


Comment by Lauren
In April 9, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

From what ive gathered the name of the underwear doesn't exsists ive googled it and found nothing


Comment by sam
In April 9, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

i hope its not fake. this would be pretty cool lol:P i love DISNEY! haha! :biggrin:


Comment by Renee84
In April 10, 2008 @ 4:33 am

I'm not really sure what to think of it if it's true. On one hand, I'll be so happy that he's in another movie, but on the other hand I don't envision him as Prince Dastan since the character is of Persian/Arab descent (at least to me). I guess this is coming from the fact that I have played the game myself.


Comment by al
In April 10, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

thaks for the information^^


Comment by callan
In April 11, 2008 @ 6:33 am

where are these underwear pics? :tongue:


Comment by holly
In April 11, 2008 @ 11:32 am

There is no such underwear brand as MMansperson


Comment by Keisha Bissram
In April 12, 2008 @ 5:26 am

The title made my heart skip a beat. Only because I'm a huge fan of the game itself. But reading the rest…it didn't sound to real. =/


Comment by Maria
In April 14, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

Comment by Lizzy
In April 14, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

I mean as much as I wanna see garrett as the prince I dont know disney movies just dont suit him the more mature films are his style.


Comment by Elin
In April 17, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

:eeh: the underwear brand does not exist here in Sweden unfortunately… Would be cool if he did an ad for Bj


Comment by Ms.Garrett_Hedlund
In April 22, 2008 @ 1:30 am

I hope he plays the prince that would be EXTREMELY SEXY..LOL hey were do u see those underwear pics of garrett….cuz i would sure LOVE to see :kiss: :tonguee:


Comment by Jackie E.M.
In June 2, 2008 @ 5:36 am

dude, I heard the prince has already been chosen. Its Orlando Bloom :hmm:


Comment by tatu
In March 12, 2010 @ 6:24 am

it be great to have garrett as the prince!!! lol.. but ive seen pictures and trailers of the movie and Gyllenhaal is playing the prince.. i dont like him in this role… lol… he looks kinda funny… lol..


Comment by Silmarien
In April 23, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

Oh my! Prince of Persia is my fav game and i love the character, Garrett would be perfect :shock:


Comment by mashinka
In April 24, 2010 @ 6:34 am

:wah: omg… hope it’s fake or not true at all… i don!t want him to be the most known celebrity :sadd: then will all the fans come in here and this will become an official page and we (i mean REAL fans who are here at now) will not be alone you know… T-T


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