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Jared Harris joins Paul W.S. Anderson's 3-D Pompeii adventure

03.14.2013

Jared Harris/Pompeii

POMPEII is currently filming in Italy and Deadline is reporting that the 3-D action-adventure movie has added one more person to its cast. Jared Harris has agreed to appear in the film as a rich merchant named Lucretius. His daughter Flavia (played by Emily Browning) is put in harms way when Mount Vesuvius erupts and it's up to slave-turned-gladiator Milo (Kit Harington) to save her.

I'm a huge Jared Harris fan (ever since HAPPINESS) but I have some reservations about POMPEII. The project sounds bigger in scope than previous movies from director Paul W.S. Anderson and it concerns me that the film will end up looking a little cheap. I'm not sure how much the budget is for the movie but if you're doing a period piece with a giant mountain blowing up you better have a decent amount of cash to back it up. That's not to say every movie depends on having a huge budget but without that extra dough the film is at risk of looking like a made for television movie.

The erruption of Mount Vesuvius is a major event in history that is perfect for the big screen. Lets hope Paul W.S. Anderson and company treat the catastrophe with the appreciation it deserves.

Extra Tidbit: At one point Roman Polanski tried to get a film about Pompeii made. Now that I'd be excited for.
Source: Deadline

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