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A Persian Prince in the Making


By Darius KADIVAR Reports from Europe

Jake Gyllenhaal trains hard for title role in upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer-Disney Epic


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As shooting for the first movie Sands of Time based on the most popular computer game of the 1990's and this decade, Prince of Persia, begins at the Legendary British PineWood Studio's (under the helm of British director Mike Newell (
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean,Pearl Harbor)) its major Star, Jake Gyllenhaal, is training hard to take on the role of the Persian Prince: Dastan. A particularly exciting role that will nevertheless require physical dexterity from all involved: actors and stunt doubles alike.


For those familiar with the game this is no secret: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time combines exploration and combat to create a unique synthesis. Both elements make use of the Prince's acrobatic capability and agility. Throughout much of the game, the player must attempt to traverse the palace by running across walls, ascending or descending chasms by jumping back and forth between walls, avoiding traps, making other types of well-timed leaps, solving puzzles, and using discovered objects to progress. Needless to say that the major protagonist played by Gyllenhaal in the motion picture adaptation will certainly have to live up to the same expectations and not just with the help of digital effects wizardry but also live action.


We will still have to wait till June 19, 2009 date of the movie's official release to make up our own opinion on the award winning Star of BrokeBack Mountain and Zodiac capacity to live up to the expectations of the computer game's staunchest aficianados.


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What is certain is that the story set in medieval Persia, of an adventurous prince will be one of the most expected motion pictures next year. A story in which Gyllenhaal in the title role of the Persian Prince will team up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world Which is why after the prince was tricked by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to destroy a kingdom and transforms its populace into ferocious demons. In his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it's up to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by using the Dagger of Time, which also gives him a limited control over the flow of time.


Dust, Sweat, and Fun on Horseback for Jake Gyllenhaal
in the Disney- Jerry Bruckheimer's Sands of Time


A Series of Production stills showing Jake Gyllenhaal on Horseback, training with a coach, in preparation for demanding physical action scenes has been recently released to satisfy our curiosity. (See More Photos Here)


Little is revealed as to the Production itself but what is certain is that 2008/2009 will be the year of A Persian Prince In the Making for one of the most spotted and hottest Hollywood Stars of this millennium.


More To Come in a near future on our Persian Prince so Stay Tuned!





Authors Notes:

(*) See More Photos of Gyllenhaal's Training at

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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is international Correspondent for OCPC Magazine and contributes to the IC publications of The Middle East. and Persian Heritage. 

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