Brendan Fraser Takes Aim at 'William Tell' Lead Role

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Anna Paquin is in negotiations to play the wife of the archer.

Brendan Fraser is taking aim to portray iconic archer William Tell.

Fraser is in negotiations to star in what is being called William Tell: 3D, with Nick Hurran, who directed the recent remake of TV's The Prisoner, attached to helm.

Todd Moyer is producing with Arclight's Gary Hamilton, with Arclight handling international sales at Cannes.

Anna Paquin is in negotiations to play Tell's wife, with German star Til Schweiger playing Habsburg king Hermann Gessler.

The Tell legend involves an archer who is forced to shoot an apple on the top of his son's head after not wanting to bow (no pun intended) in front of the king's statue. When the monarch inquires why Tell had two arrows in his quiver, the archer replied the other arrow was for the king in case he missed the apple. The ensuing events led to an uprising, eventually causing the formation of state of Switzerland.

Scott Reynolds wrote the script.

The producers are hoping to shoot this fall in Romania and Switzerland.

Fraser is currently shooting Whole Lotta Sole, co-written and directed by Terry George, in Ireland.

He is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Patti Felker.