Hopkins on road to new screen villainy.
VETERAN movie star Sir Anthony Hopkins has once again proved one of the most prolific actors in the movie business by signing up alongside Sir Ben Kingsley to play a ruthless master criminal in new action-thriller Autobahn.
Hopkins, 76, and Kingsley, 70, are the two latest names to have joined the cast list for the Eran Creevydirected film which begins shooting in Germany this week.
Felicity Jones (The Worst Witch, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, A Single Man, X-Men) make up the impressive cast list.
The new movie follows an American backpacker (Hoult) who becomes involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver.
He and his girlfriend (Jones) end up on the run from his employers across Munich's high-speed autobahns.
Both Hopkins and Kingsley play menacing criminals in the eagerlyanticipated film.
The Port Talbot actor's latest villainous turn comes more than a decade after his Oscar-winning portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs was voted "biggest movie villain of all time" in a 2003 poll.
Hopkins has recently completed two high-profile movie roles, Odin in Thor: The Dark World and Methuselah in controversial Biblical epic Noah co-starring Russell Crowe.
And the star has two movies in post-production - Solace, in which Hopkins plays a psychic doctor helping to trap a serial killer and Kidnapping Freddy Heineken in which Hopkins plays the captured Dutch beer tycoon.
Kingsley will be seen later this year in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Night at the Museum 3. Autobahn is produced by Joel Silver who has produced a string of major box office hits including Die Hard, The Matrix and Lethal Weapon.
Silver said of Autobahn: "When I first read F Scott Frazier's script for Autobahn, I knew it had the makings of a great action movie. It's a gritty, adrenalin-fueled thrill ride through Europe with an incredible cast."
Stuart Ford, chief executive of IM Global, one of the financial backers of the movie, added: "We are firm believers in Eran Creevy as one of Europe's most talented young directors and it's exciting to have assembled such a great pool of both upand-coming and illustrious talent." Speaking in a TV interview after the release of Noah, Hopkins sounded off about "self importance" in the film industry.
He said: "I look at this industry and this weird world that I live in, and it's a beautiful world, but people believe they breathe different oxygen because they have awards or because they step on to the magic red carpet. Money and power means nada."
Hopkins added he felt he could voice his opinions because he'd "been through the mill", and ended the interview by saying: "Whatever I know, I glean from that - I'm aware of something much more important if there is anything important."
Sir Anthony Hopkins has signed up to star alongside Sir Ben Kingsley in <Bnew action thriller Autobahn
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|Date:||May 5, 2014|
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