The cast is shaping up for Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans, a remake of the 1981 film version that focuses on the myth of Perseus. Yesterday, it was announced that Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations to play Hades, while Liam Neeson is set to play Zeus. This is my worst nightmare, because I can barely tell the two guys apart, and rarely remember which one was in which boring dramatic thriller. It’s like putting Albert Finney and Brian Cox in the same Bourne trilogy — it took me a few minutes to realize that Cox had not come back to life in the third film. This is even worse because the two will be battling one another — like Ian McKellan and Christopher Lee in Fellowship of the Rings (ahhh: Too much old-man white beard).
Older white men all look the same.
Anyway, Fiennes and Neeson join a cast that already includes Gemma Arterton as Io, Sam Worthington as Perseus, Alex Davalos as Adromeda, and Mads Mikkelson as Draco (no relation to Harry Potter’s Draco Malfoy). Fiennes will have to fit Clash of the Titans into his busy schedule which includes either Voldemort in Harry Potter or Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia (one or the other; Neeson will be in the other one). The Titans script will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (Mumford, Return of the Jedi) and four other guys, including Eagle Eyes’ John Glenn.