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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Rival ancient epics "War of the Gods" and "Clash of the Titans" are close to casting their respective lead actors.


Henry Cavill ("Stardust") is set to star in "War of the Gods" for Relativity Media, and Sam Worthington ("Terminator Salvation") is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to climb aboard "Clash of the Titans."


In addition, the projects have set their start dates. "Gods" is tentatively planned for a February shoot, while production is slated to begin on "Titans" in April.


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Mads Mikkelsen and Alexa Davalos are boarding Clash of the Titans, the Greek-god epic being directed by Louis Leterrier at Warner Bros. Pictures.


Sam Worthington is toplining as Perseus, who is put on a quest to save a princess and defeat Hades, the god of hell. Gemma Arterton is Io, who is instrumental in bringing the winged horse Pegasus to Perseus.


Mikkelsen is playing Draco, a skilled fighter and leader of the Praetorian Guard that accompanies Perseus. Davalos is Andromeda, the captured princess.


Legendary is co-producing and co-financing the film, which is set to begin shooting in the U.K. at the end of April. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay wrote the script.

Source: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=54131

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LOS ANGELES – Liam Neeson is set to begin work on his first film since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson.


Neeson will play Zeus, king of the gods, in a remake of "Clash of the Titans" opposite Ralph Fiennes as Hades, ruler of the underworld. Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 2," last year's "The Incredible Hulk") will direct the film, which is scheduled to begin production in the United Kingdom later this month, Warner Bros. said Thursday.


Longtime friends Neeson and Fiennes haven't shared the screen since 1993's "Schindler's List." Also among the cast are "Casino Royale" villain Mads Mikkelsen, Sam Worthington of the upcoming "Terminator Salvation" and Alexa Davalos ("Defiance").


The original "Clash of the Titans" from 1981 starred Laurence Olivier as Zeus.


This marks the first project for Neeson, 56, since Richardson's death in a skiing accident. The 45-year-old actress died March 18 after falling and hitting her head during a lesson at Quebec's Mont Tremblant two days earlier. He had signed on to star in the movie before her death.


Neeson's most recent movie, the kidnapping thriller "Taken," became a surprise hit with nearly $140 million at the domestic box office earlier this year. He just finished work on the Atom Egoyan film "Chloe," which he was in the middle of shooting when his wife died.

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