Kiefer Sutherland to Oppress People in Disaster Pic 'Pompeii'

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Kiefer Sutherland has signed up to oppress people in Paul W.S. Anderson's disaster movie Pompeii, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actor will play a scheming Roman government official who tries to get his hands on a merchant's daughter while a volcanic eruption threatens to doom the entire city and its populace.

Set in 79 A.D., days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii centers on a slave played by Kit Harington who is in a race against time to save his best friend trapped in a coliseum and the woman he loves, who also happens to be the merchant's daughter. Jared Harris and Emily Browning are playing the merchant and his daughter, respectively.

The movie began production last week in Pompeii, and the shoot will move to Toronto on March 28.

Paul W.S. Anderson, who is also one of the movie's producers, is directing from a script written by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes.

According to Anderson, Pompeii is like the Las Vegas of the ancient world, where corruption is rampant. The movie will explore the political machinations as well as the advanced technology in the city.

The synopsis is below:

It's late summer in 79 A.D. and the city of Pompeii glitters at the foot of the mighty Mt. Vesuvius. MILO, the slave of a shipping tycoon, dreams of the day he will buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter, COLUMBA. What he doesn’t know is that Columba's debt-ridden father has promised Columba to a despicable Roman Senator to pay off an overdue loan.

Milo does know that his friend, the Gladiator NIGELLUS, is being forced to compete the next day in a seemingly unwinnable battle in the Coliseum. As Milo tries to find a way to save his friend, he learns that Columba has been promised to another man and that he himself has been sold to a new master. Just as it seems things can’t get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius suddenly explodes with the power of 40 nuclear bombs, sending a torrent of 1,000-degree ash and smoke into the city. Lava flows down the mountainside, killing thousands. As Pompeii crumbles, Nigellus is imprisoned inside the Coliseum, Columba is locked inside her family’s villa, and Milo is trapped aboard a ship bound for Naples.

As the people of Pompeii flee the obliterated city, Milo is determined to return to it to save his friend and his beloved Columba. With fire and ash destroying the only world he's ever known, an ordinary man is tested to his breaking point in this heart-pounding tale of extraordinary heroism.

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