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Worthington To Play 'Quartermain'

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May 14, 2010 | 6:28am EDT

Sam WorthingtonSource: Heat Vision Blog

THR's Heat Vision Blog reports that Sam Worthington will take on the classic literary hero Allan Quartermain in DreamWorks' developing adventure title Quartermain.

Allan Quatermain was the hero of “King’s Solomon’s Mines,” a Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, and its sequel, “Allan Quatermain.” In the first book, Quatermain leads an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines.

DreamWorks’ version is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quatermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another “King Solomon’s Mines”-style adventure but on a planetwide scale. Mark Verheiden was the writer behind the first script when the project was revealed early last year.

Worthington will also make his debut as a producer alongside Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the high-concept film, which is in the early development stages and has no director attached. What can I say about Worthington that hasn't already been said? He's on his way to becoming the biggest actor of his generation. With this film, an Avatar sequel, the thriller The Fields and Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero all in the pipeline, he's going to have a very busy and very lucrative decade.

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