Neeson, Fiennes will clash


Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will play warring gods in Warner Bros. and Legendary's "Clash of the Titans," the Greek-god epic directed by Louis Leterrier.

Neeson is playing Zeus, the wise yet sometimes ill-tempered king of the gods and father of Perseus (Sam Worthington).

Fiennes will play Hades, lord of the underworld who aims to overtake Zeus and rule over all. Fiennes' deal is in in negotiations.

The two actors join Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos in the production, which begins shooting this month in the U.K.

Legendary is co-producing and co-financing the pic. Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk is producing with Kevin de la Noy. Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull are executive producing.

The deal marks Neeson's first since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, last month. It was initiated before her death. Neeson's film "Taken," released in January, is a surprise hit, earning almost $140 million domestically.

Fiennes most recently starred in "The Reader."

Both are repped by CAA. (partialdiff)