Viggo Mortensen Ready To Hit ‘The Road’

He’s battled the worst that Middle-earth has to offer, so why not let him take on some post-apocalyptic cannibals? I chatted with Aragorn himself, Mr. Viggo Mortensen, earlier today about his latest collaboration with David Cronenberg, “Eastern Promises,” and he divulged which high-profile flick he’s close to signing on for.

“There’s a book called ’The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy. They’re going to make a movie of that and the people making [it] have expressed interest [in me]. Visually, it’s going to be a very beautiful movie. It’s a very good story,” Mortensen said. Of course he’s underplaying the book slightly. “The Road” won the Pulitzer and was a favorite of none other than Oprah Winfrey last year.

Mortensen revealed he would play the father in the film, describing the story thusly: “It’s mainly about a father and a boy. It’s a post-apocalyptic scenario, a wasteland that they’re trying to get through and not be killed by the few remaining packs of marauding humans. They’re trying to get to the coast and find someplace safe and find people who are not crazy criminals or cannibals.”

When I jokingly told him it sounded like another beautiful family film, the star of “A Histoy of Violence” laughed and said, “Yeah. Disney is making that one.”