Mickey Rourke Looking To Join ‘War Of The Gods’ As King Hyperion

It’s a good time to be Mickey Rourke. He punched his way back into the mainstream with Marv in “Sin City” and blew away the art house crowd with his award-winning turn in “The Wrestler.” He’s set to kick the tar out of Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man 2” and he’s currently in negotiations for a nice role in “Conan.”

But the good fortune doesn’t end there, as Deadline Hollywood reports that Rourke is negotiating for a role in “War of the Gods,” the mythological war movie helmed by Tarsem (“The Fall”) and starring Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”) and Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire“).

If cast, Rourke would play King Hyperion, the Greek ruler that goes to war against the gods.

Cavill’s role is already billed as the film’s hero, but with the promise of Mickey Rourke bringing his considerable might to bear upon the powerful divines of Greece, it’s a sure bet that he’s going to steal the show. Director Tarsem isn’t exactly a household name in the mainstream world, so it’s unclear how widespread “War of the Gods” is going to be, but this could be a movie that steps Rourke’s game back up to a whole new level. This could be the one that takes the Oscar-nominated actor from the gruff villain and misunderstood muscleman to the rollicking action hero he deserves to be.

Until more is known — and until Rourke signs on the dotted line — it’s hard to say how this one’s going to play out. But I am always down to see Rourke kick some butt on the big screen, and this sounds like the perfect opportunity for him to do just that.

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