Latest bad guy role for Mickey Rourke: War of the Gods

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Taking on Robert Downey Jr. as Whiplash in the upcoming Iron Man 2 must not have been evil enough for Mickey Rourke, because he just signed to star as the villainous King Hyperion in War of the Gods opposite Henry Cavill and Freida Pinto, Variety reported. Tarsem Singh (The Cell) will be directing, and filming will begin in April.

The mythical adventure follows Theseus, a young warrior, who leads his men into battle against the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind.

War of the Gods will be produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Ryan Kavanaugh. Nunnari and Canton seem to know a thing or two about sword-swinging epics, since they partnered on producing 2007's 300.

Jason Keller wrote the most recent draft of the script, based on an original screenplay written by Christian Gudegast.

With Clash of the Titans in theaters soon, and War of the Gods about to begin production, what's next? Battle of the Goliaths?

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