Rhys Meyers dons cape for 'Mandrake'


Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star as the eponymous hero of Omega Entertainment and Baldwin Entertainment Group's "Mandrake," with "The Scorpion King" helmer Chuck Russell behind the camera, the backers said Tuesday.

Billed as an updated take on the classic Hearst comic book, the Mandrake character is an extreme escape artist embroiled in international espionage.

"Mandrake" marks the first picture to result from Omega and Baldwin's first-look production deal.

Omega is financing and selling worldwide and producing together with Baldwin and Hyde Park Entertainment. The film is scheduled to shoot early next year in China and the U.S.

"This is a rare opportunity to reinvent one of the all-time classic comic book characters and create a new kind of hero for international audiences," Russell said.

BEG chief Howard Baldwin said he is pleased to be in business with Omega and Hearst in bringing "Mandrake" to the big screen.

Omega Entertainment was formed in 2006 by Markus Barmettler and Enrique Steiger, who hired former Lakeshore Entertainment president Peter Rogers as president of its operations.

Baldwin's credits include the biopic "Ray," which earned an Oscar for star Jamie Foxx. Future projects include a big-screen adaptation of the classic Ayn Rand novel "Atlas Shrugged," to star Angelina Jolie and be directed by Vadim Perelman.
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